‘He is the future of our club and the future of English football’: Maurizio Sarri praises Callum Hudson-Odoi and insists winger will not leave Chelsea for Bayern Munich this summer
- Callum Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in an attempt to leave Chelsea
- Bayern Munich offered £40m for him but Maurizio Sarri says he is going nowhere
- Blues boss has praised the winger, claiming he is ‘the future of English football’
- Sarri admitted that midfielder Danny Drinkwater could leave the club this week
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Callum Hudson-Odoi is the ‘future of English football’ and does not think the club will sell to Bayern Munich in the summer either.
Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in a bid to secure his move to Munich but the 18-year-old has been told he is going nowhere this month.
Staying beyond January gives Chelsea time to try to convince the teenager to sign a new contract and Sarri is convinced he will be here next season, too.
Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates after scoring against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday night
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri (right) believes Hudson-Odoi is ‘the future of English football’
‘I have not the power to sign new contracts here,’ Sarri said. ‘On the pitch I am really very happy with him. I know the club told me that, in this window, he will remain with us for sure.
‘Very probably also in the next, so we are really very happy with this. He is improving on the pitch and he is the future of our club and the future of English football.
‘I am not frustrated. On the pitch, he’s doing very well: very well in training, very well in matches. So I’m really very happy with him.
Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to Bayern Munich
‘I’m not happy with the situation, of course, but I know very well that every big team here in England has the same problem. It’s not easy to keep these young players.
‘He is, of course, one of the best 18-year-olds in Europe, so it’s very difficult. But, as I said before, the club told me he is off the market, for sure. And, probably, he will be off the market in July, too.
‘I don’t know (if he’ll be happy with that), but I can say what I see on the pitch. On the pitch at the moment, he’s fantastic.’
Meanwhile, Danny Drinkwater could still leave before Thursday’s transfer deadline, but it remains to be seen who would take on his £120,000-a-week wages.
‘He is at the moment with us,’ Sarri said. ‘I think he is more suitable for playing with two midfielders. He is not a central midfielder, he is not a centre-right in the midfield with three players. But he’s a very good player in a 4-4-2.’
Asked if he could see Drinkwater playing for Chelsea, Sarri replied: ‘Not at the moment, but I want to wait until the end of the market. Then I’ll try with every player.’
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater could leave Chelsea this week, with Bournemouth interested