Callum Hudson-Odoi will just be the beginning of an exodus from the Chelsea academy, according to one former Blue.
The 18-year-old has attracted huge interest from German giants Bayern Munich with reports circulating that a latest bid in the region of £35m has been submitted for his services.
Hudson-Odoi is highly rated within the Chelsea set-up and his performance against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup where he set up the two goals for Alvaro Morata only added to his growing reputation as one of the finest stars of English football.
However, ex-Chelsea player Kenny Swain admits Hudson-Odoi's lack of consistent playing time will mean he will now be forced to look elsewhere if he is to truly fulfill his enormous potential.
“Well I have seen him obviously coming through the system and that is my expertise now. I can say that Chelsea have got some outstanding youngsters and he is one of them," Swain told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).“But I did see this happening three, four, or five years ago and it's already happening. It will continue to happen in the Premier League and the level at which games are played.
“With this level it’s so difficult for any football team to push forward their kids into the opportunity of first team football, that pathway is blocked.
“Then if that is the case them a consideration will have to be made to ensure that the young talent go to places like Belgium or the German league to go and earn their coin there.
“Any player at that level needs to be playing and needs to be tested competitively. Some kind of an agreement, maybe a kind of a loan will be reached.”
Manchester City have lost two of their academy products already with Jadon Sancho instantly becoming a massive hit in the Bundesliga after joining Dortmund while Brahim Diaz has just recently signed a long-term deal with Real Madrid having tried and failed to break into the Manchester City first team.
Chelsea are desperate to avoid such a situation with manager Maurizio Sarri insisting that he would have a better future staying at the club and fighting with the likes of Eden Hazard and Pedro for a starting slot.
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“I know only that for me he’s a very important player,” Sarri said.
“He’s very young, but now he’s improving.
“I think to stay here is better for him. He’s an English player. He’s very young. He has the future.
"And I think he has a very great future here, in England, with the national team and with Chelsea.”
If the teenager moves to Bayern, he will become the third English teenager currently in the Bundesliga - alongside Sancho, 18, who left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017, and Reiss Nelson, 19, on loan from Arsenal at Hoffenheim.