Chelsea prodigy Callum Hudson-Odoi may be fighting his way back through rehabbing an Achilles injury, but that has not stopped his career ambitions. The talented winger is allegedly growing more comfortable with the thought of a longer stay at Stamford Bridge.
Per a report from Goal, the rumored departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid has Hudson-Odoi coveting Hazard’s sport in the starting line-up, along with the number on his back. Yes, Hudson-Odoi might be secretly rooting for Hazard to bolt in hopes of wearing the number “10.”
Callum Hudson-Odoi increasingly wants to stay at Chelsea and assurances he would be the man to replace Eden Hazard would help to ensure that he renews his contract, Goal understands. Hazard looks likely to depart for Real Madrid after he confirmed in an interview after the final Premier League game of the season at Leicester on Sunday that he ‘has made his decision’ regarding his future.
The 18-year-old’s desire to want a move away has softened after Maurizio Sarri gave him four Premier League starts in a row before he suffered an Achilles tendon rupture against Burnley in April. Like Bayern Munich, Chelsea could offer Hudson-Odoi his preferred No.10 shirt which has been worn by Hazard for the past seven years.
Reflecting on his recent surgery and the season, Hudson-Odoi, who was recently given the “Young Player of the Year Award” from Chelsea, sounds positive, but is still pushing more opportunities with the club.
I think the surgery went really well. Everything went perfectly as I wanted it to. I am really happy to win the award. I think the season went well and I feel that every time I have played, I felt more confident and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed every moment of playing. I just need to keep working hard and hopefully get more opportunities.
Hudson-Odoi is targeting the start of the Premier League for his return, but the Chelsea medical staff is likely to take a very conservative approach in helping the youngster be fully healed before he even thinks about taking the field.
Real Madrid and Chelsea are reportedly negotiating on a price between €100m—€130m for Hazard.