According to German international defender Antonio Rüdiger, his Chelsea teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi asked him about a potential move to Bayern Munich. The youngster, whom Chelsea are desperately fighting to keep, has been the subject of much interest from the Bavarians in recent weeks.
As per Goal.com, here’s what Rüdiger said about the issue:
Of course, he asked me about Germany. It was just a general question from him to know, because he is still young. I can advise him. But at the end of the day he decides about his future.
He can develop as well here. You can see it from both sides. Of course, he can develop in Germany as well and don’t forget Bayern Munich is also a big club. It is something he needs to decide for his future. I wish him all the best, but for me I just wish he stays with us.
This confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hudson-Odoi’s interest in joining Bayern is genuine, and not some kind of ploy to get a better contract or more playing time. It has been reported before that the youngster feels emboldened by the success of Jadon Sancho, who has developed at an incredible rate since joining Borussia Dortmund last summer.
Bayern Munich want the transfer to go through, to the point that they have offered a massive £35m (€39m) to secure a deal. Chelsea may be tempted to take it. According to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, the youngster’s representatives have shown no willingness to negotiate in recent weeks, and Chelsea fear his head may have been turned.
Of course, every media outlet — except Sky Germany, whose reliability is questionable — is reporting that it is not a done deal, while Chelsea are still considering the offer the Bavarians have put on the table. Hudson-Odoi’s contract with Chelsea runs until next summer, so the Londoners still have the power to reject any bids and keep him until then.
In a desperate bid to keep the player, however, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has felt compelled to praise him in the media and give him playing time, despite his well-known aversion to youth. It remains to be seen if this sudden commitment can sway the player away from a move abroad. Despite interest from Bayern, if Hudson-Odoi feels that he can develop at his hometown club, then he might choose to stay in London.
This transfer saga is clearly not over. There are still many more twists to come.