Callum Hudson-Odoi may see his future at Bayern Munich rather than Chelsea, but for the next six months, he’s going to have to make do with us.
As roundly expected by most, Chelsea have responded to the 18-year-old’s transfer request with a “clear NO” as far as a move this January is concerned. That’s according to Bild (via Sport Witness), who add that a summer move is still “possible”, which of course was always going to be the case unless he signed the offer from Chelsea.
Chelsea’s rejection is the most sensible outcome, certainly from the club’s perspective, especially considering that Hudson-Odoi put in a good performance yesterday even after submitting the request. As the club’s fourth-choice winger at the moment, he should still have plenty of minutes on tap, and there’s even a chance that he might reconsider his wish to leave if he does end up playing a more important role at Chelsea the rest of the season.
Chelsea also demonstrating they will not be bullied by Bayern Munich. Suspect a deal could have been done this month if Bayern had not been so public and aggressive, which annoyed Chelsea.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 28, 2019
Willian, who was on hand and help divert the situation as the BBC tried very hard to get Callum to say something awkward in the post-match interview, certainly believes that yesterday’s game wasn’t the last time we see the kid in a Chelsea shirt.
“He’s going nowhere - he’s a special talent, a very good player and is staying with us. Of course he is only 18 but he can improve a lot and in the future can become one of the best players in the world.
”It’s difficult not to think about Bayern Munich because they are a great team as well but for me, his future is here. He has to stay because he knows the club, and I am sure he will play more.”
-Willian; source: Sky
Of course, depending on how Hudson-Odoi actually responds to this rejection will play a role in determining how the next few months pan out, but it would certainly behoove him to behave like a true professional as Chelsea seem more than willing to play hard ball.