£22.5m Chelsea star asks to leave as Blues look to tempt Leicester into Fofana swap

Date published: Sunday 7th August 2022 10:34 - Will Ford

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Callum Hudson-Odoi has reportedly told Chelsea that he wants to leave the club this summer in search of regular first team football.

The academy graduate started just 11 Premier League games last term due to a combination of Thomas Tuchel’s rotation of his forward players and an Achilles injury which kept him out from March.

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Tuchel claimed in October that the 21-year-old required some “tough love” to keep progressing, having too frequently looked as though he is about to catch fire at Chelsea only to suffer a dip in form.

“He needs that tough love. These guys who are so full of quality hear sometimes a bit too often how good they are, but you need to prove it, to show it,” Tuchel said.

“For the offensive guys it is easy – just read statistics and deliver assists and goals. This is what he does and what he needs to show.

“This is the highest level in England, this is the highest level in Europe, so we are hopefully not unfair, but we are tough on him, because it is not enough with this talent just to be a part of the group.”

But Sky Sports claim Hudson-Odoi is now fed up with his bit-part role at Stamford Bridge and is angling for the exit.

The winger was heavily linked with a £50m move to Bayern Munich a couple of years ago, but Chelsea have little chance of securing a fee anywhere near that amount should they look to secure his permanent departure.

Hudson-Odoi is valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt.

But the report suggests Chelsea will only be looking to loan Hudson-Odoi out, with four clubs said to be in the running.

Juventus and Borussia Dortmund ‘have shown interest’, as have Premier League sides Southampton and Leicester.

As reported in the Gossip on Friday, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was hoping Hudson-Odoi could be used as part of a deal for their top centre-back target.

But Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers remains insistent that Wesley Fofana is not for sale, and if Chelsea were to offer an exorbitant amount they couldn’t refuse, Hudson-Odoi would not be part of the deal.

Hudson-Odoi – who didn’t even make the bench as Chelsea started the season with a 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday – made it clear that he wants to be playing “regular football” this season in an interview with Chelsea’s official website last month.

“I want to be playing as much as possible,’ he said. ‘Regular football brings out the consistency so I want to just keep playing and playing as much as I can.”

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