Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reportedly asked Roman Abramovich not to sell Callum Hudson-Odoi late on in the transfer window. The England international was subject of interest from Bayern Munich. But he’s stayed at Stamford Bridge and is now poised to play a key role in the Blues’ campaign.
Bayern were interested in signing Hudson-Odoi in last year’s transfer window after the England international had caught the eye amid a turbulent campaign under Maurizio Sarri.
And they reignited their interest in the forward late on this summer, having admitted defeat in their attempts to sign Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan on a permanent deal.
In the end, Bayern missed out.
The Bundesliga giants swooped for Douglas Costa on loan and also signed Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to add depth to their squad.
And The Guardian say that, when they came calling for Hudson-Odoi, Lampard asked Abramovich not to let Hudson-Odoi go.
The offer for the 19-year-old was said to be ‘significant’, with fee of £70million bandied about by some publications.
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But Lampard’s personal touch has seen Hudson-Odoi remain at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues boss hopeful he’ll shine this season.
Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 4-0 recently, in a match where the wing wizard impressed.
And, speaking after that match, Lampard said: “I didn’t start him with a political view on it.
“I started him because I wanted him to give us natural width.
“At the minute we know we’re missing Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, who are probably the most natural wingers in our team along with Callum.
“I wasn’t thinking about that and I don’t know anything about those rumours to be fair.
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“What I did like is that Callum fronts up his left back and tries to go by him. That was missing with Cal during the first half, he was playing too safe coming inside.
“He’s got pace, he’s got quality, he’s got trickery and he can cross the ball. He showed that in the second half.”
Lampard then added: “Callum is absolutely part of my plans here. We have [Christian] Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech injured before Christian came back in today.
“We need options and what Callum showed today and the second half against West Brom is exactly what he needs to show. I am pleased with him.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool legend John Barnes recently expressed a belief that Hudson-Odoi staying at Chelsea was the right call – likewise Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.
“For two young players such as Hudson-Odoi and Sancho, with a long way to go and a lot to learn, I do believe they’re at the right clubs at this moment in time,” he told BonusCodeBets.
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“Of course it’s great to have a move lined up but unless you are an experienced top player, that move doesn’t mean you’ll be played; especially when it comes to a club like Manchester United.
“So for Sancho, I’d still like him to continue doing what he’s doing at his current club and to show that level of consistency before he actually moves. That, I believe, will set him up for a great career.
“As for Hudson-Odoi, I’m not surprised he is staying at Chelsea. In fact, I think, for such a young developing player who needs to rebuild his confidence since sustaining an Achilles injury, to remain at Chelsea is the best way for him to showcase that he’s up for the job and start playing for Chelsea regularly, along with being in England squad.
“But as for all players, especially for the younger ones, they have to work hard, really hard, every day to put themselves in the frame to start.
“Callum will get there but to allow him to find his way back following the injury, and the break caused by Covid, with a club he’s familiar with will do him good – at least for now.”
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