Guehi opens up on decision to leave Chelsea for Crystal Palace
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England boss Gareth Southgate has fired a warning to Chelsea for their handling of Callum Hudson-Odoi’s future at Stamford Bridge.
The winger, 20, has played 99 games for Chelsea and is likely to reach his century when the Blues play Aston Villa on Saturday.
With Reece James suspended for his handball-dismissal at Liverpool before the international break, there is a void at right-wing-back where Hudson-Odoi has played before.
However, the English youngster has only been used sparingly under Thomas Tuchel.
Having been subject to transfer interest for the last three seasons – including the Blues reportedly turning down a loan-to-buy £70million bid for his services from Bayern Munich last summer – it remains to be seen where he will spend his future.
Having only made 21 league starts for the club, it appears he is as far away from regular football in west London than ever before.
And England boss Southgate says he has still got Hudson-Odoi in his mind and will discuss the situation with Under-21s boss Lee Carsley over time.
Southgate said: “We are tracking Callum, he’s a player we know can be a top player and he’s still so young. He’s part of that 2000 age group who still have huge possibilities ahead of them.
“It’s always difficult for a young player when you’ve been with the seniors and then you’re not with the seniors to make that climb back, but that’s the challenge for him.
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“I think the Under-21s can be an important part of his development. There was probably a lot going on for him at the moment around that September transfer window as well, in that period.”
Southgate’s view that Hudson-Odoi can become a top player is wholeheartedly right. He became England’s youngest player of all-time in a competitive match under Southgate in 2019, who praised him for his application.
“With young players, it’s up to them, you can see his talent,” he said.
“His application with us has been excellent but, like any player, you have to work hard to improve.”
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Hudson-Odoi will look to displace Christian Pulisic in the long-term as he looks to become a regular at Stamford Bridge.
A loan move would have suited him perfectly as to aid his development.
But already being fan favourite at the club, is is surely only a matter of time until he announces himself as one of Chelsea’s stars.
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