According to Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard, Todd Boehly has “personally pleaded” with Callum Hudson-Odoi to not force a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge.
The winger is subject to much interest this summer with Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City, Southampton, and Newcastle United all mentioned as potential destinations. Despite this, Chelsea do not want to see the player go permanently and are currently only listening to loan offers.
Todd Boehly Pleads With Callum Hudson-Odoi to Remain at Chelsea
Callum Hudson-Odoi will only be allowed to leave Chelsea on loan this summer, with co-owner Todd Boehly personally pleading with the winger not to force a permanent exit.
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) August 16, 2022
Despite his talents, the young Englishman is unlikely to break into the first team this season with the arrival of Raheem Sterling and the team’s current chase of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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It’s hard to criticise the 21-year-old for being eager to move as he’s been in and around the first team since 2018 but has yet to make the breakthrough to become one of the first names on the team sheet. Pastures anew may unlock his full potential.
One for The Future
What’s interesting about Todd Boehly reportedly pleading with Hudson-Odoi to stay is that it’s clear those at the club see the talent the youngster has. Especially with a number of reports mentioning Chelsea’s “vision 2030” that’s included the signings of Gabriel Slonina and Carney Chukwuemeka as well as their current interest in Cesare Casadei.
Tuchel on C Hudson-Odoi:
"Callum is the same. He had a long-term injury & long-term problems to overcome. That's where he suffered from. I think he still has a way to go to live up to his potential. His potential is huge. His potential is huge."
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— Chelsea Xclusive 💙 (@ChelseaXclusive) August 13, 2022
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It is likely that the 21-year-old is seen as an essential piece of the long-term health of the first team which is why a loan move would be preferable for the Blues. But, it’s going to be tough to deny him if he wants to make a move after patiently waiting to earn his spot over the past few seasons. The new club ownership has eyes on the future, but there is no guarantee players will stick around to fulfil their vision.