Callum Hudson-Odoi urged to snub Bayern Munich and fight for first team place at Chelsea

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 2:45pm

By James Gray @jamestingray

Callum Hudson-Odoi should stay at Chelsea because he has finally won a place in the first team he could retain, according to one former player.

Hudson-Odoi has been the subject of four separate bids from German champions Bayern Munich, who have reportedly now met Chelsea's £35million valuation of the player. 

But he is still currently a Blues player and impressed once again for 90 minutes as Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham at Wembley last night.

However, he only has 18 months left on his contract and has yet to sign a new deal, much to the frustration of former Chelsea defender David Lee.

"He would have signed a contract at 17 with a few clauses when he makes his first-team debut or plays [a certain] number of games then he gets a new one," Lee told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).

"I hope he's not holding the club to ransom by demanding all sorts. He should stay and play.

"He's just got in the team. If he plays well like he has done the last few games, he's going to play every week.

"It's up to him now to stay in the team but I think it would be wrong if he left. I'd like to see him stay and have a real crack."

Hudson-Odoi, 18, has yet to play 90 minutes of Premier League football in total in his career despite having been touted as the brightest prospect to come out of the Chelsea academy in years.

Tammy Abraham, currently on loan at Aston Villa, has been linked with a move to Wolves on a permanent transfer but Lee would rather see him given the chance to replace Alvaro Morata.

"Tammy went to Swansea did okay but now he's scoring goals in the Championship and is a big difference so maybe Sarri thinks he's not ready yet," Lee added.

"In the end, I think you're better off with him, a proven centre-forward who is scoring goals this year, rather than makeshift centre-forwards all the time.

"They just need a centre-forward. Hazard is not a false No 9. He's a brilliant player and yes he can play there but it's not really ideal.

"Hudson-Odoi was getting crosses in and there's just no-one in the box."

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