He’s coming, he’s not coming. He’ll join in the summer, he won’t join in the summer. At this point, we’ve heard it all surrounding Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and his potential transfer to Bayern Munich, but the winter transfer window closes in just a few days and no deal has been completed.
To make matters worse (for Bayern fans), a deal with Bayern Munich looks now as if all negotiations — at least temporarily — have been put on the back burner after Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri recently praised the 18-year-old.
Per a report by The Telegraph in England, Sarri referred to Hudson-Odoi as “the future of our club and the future of English football.” Well-aware of the fact that his midfielder was interested in a move to Munich this winter, Sarri stressed how pleased he’s been with the youngster’s performances on the pitch. He added that the club had informed him Hudson-Odoi will not be allowed to leave:
As you know, I do not have the power to sign new contracts here. 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, and very probably also in the next. So we are really very happy with this. As I said, he is improving on the pitch and he is the future of our club and the future of English football.
When Sarri was asked whether the transfer rumors connected to Hudson-Odoi bothered him, the Italian struck a diplomatic tone, despite the obvious fact that his player expressed his strong desire to leave the club:
So I’m really very happy with him. 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.
At this point, the best possible scenario for Bayern is to either reach an early agreement for Hudson-Odoi to join as of July 1st, or to have a move sealed once the summer transfer window opens. Regardless, you can be sure that we’ll be keeping a close eye on the youngster’s performances between now and the end of the season.