Hudson-Odoi reveals message from Chelsea owner Boehly about his long-term future

Date published: Sunday 18th September 2022 1:23 - Joe Williams

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Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has been reassured about his long-term future at Stamford Bridge by owner Todd Boehly.

The 21-year-old burst into the Blues first team in the 2018-19 season and was subsequently linked with a big-money move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

However, that transfer never materialised and Hudson-Odoi has failed to kick on much since with the England international making just 11 Premier League starts last term.


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Chelsea made the decision to loan Hudson-Odoi out to Bayer Leverkusen until the end of the season and he has one assist in five appearances so far.

And Hudson-Odoi says he has been assured that he is part of the Blues long-term plans by Boehly, who has explained to him that they want to integrate more youth into the first-team side.

“It’s definitely different,” Hudson-Odoi told the Daily Mail.

“When a club is trying to get a player [on loan], they always want that option to buy at the end of the season. Todd was saying: ‘Listen, we want you back here’.

“You’re still on the radar of being wanted by the club. The way he’s trying to set it up, there are a lot of young players he’s trying to buy for the next few years.

“It shows he wants to integrate the players into the team and help them develop.”

Hudson-Odoi was rarely given a run of consistent starts under Thomas Tuchel and the Chelsea winger has revealed his frustrations.

He added: “It was one of those difficult moments when you look at yourself and say, ‘What am I doing wrong? Have I done anything wrong to not even be in the squad?’ Hudson-Odoi said.

“I would never say anything bad about Thomas, he was a good guy, a good manager. [But] the first game of the season, it was frustrating. Any footballer that isn’t in the squad would understand how frustrating it is.

“Regular football gives you consistency and the more games you play, the more consistent you become, the more form starts to kick in.

“You feel fresher, you feel better, you feel like… not that you’re getting treated fairly but that you’ve got the trust from the manager to push you and kick you on.

“You don’t want to be on the bench thinking, ‘Why am I not playing?’ And then it becomes weeks and weeks and the legs are rusty when you do play. The most important thing is consistent football. That’s what I’m getting here and it’s making me feel better.

“Right now, playing games, momentum is kicking on and you feel refreshed: new country, brand-new experience. It’s definitely refreshing to know I get an opportunity to play games week in, week out, enjoying it and smiling!”

 

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