Callum Hudson-Odoi wants to be allowed to join Bayern Munich in £35m deal

Callum Hudson-Odoi wants to be allowed to join Bayern Munich in £35m deal after losing faith in Maurizio Sarri’s commitment to developing him

  • Bayern Munich are confident that a deal is in place to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi 
  • The young winger now wants Chelsea to let him leave and move to Germany 
  • Bayern are in a rebuilding process and Hudson-Odoi thinks he can thrive there 

Rob Draper for The Mail on Sunday

Chelsea want to keep Hudson-Odoi and have urged him to sign a new deal, as his current contract runs out in 2020.

The Blues have indicated they will offer Hudson-Odoi a five-year deal, but at present specific financial details haven’t been discussed because the focus has been on where the player can develop best.

Having seen his friend Jadon Sancho, also 18, thrive at Borussia Dortmund, Hudson-Odoi has come to believe that the Bundesliga offers a better pathway than Chelsea can offer.

He wants to be allowed to join Bayern as they are in the middle of a rebuilding process

He wants to be allowed to join Bayern as they are in the middle of a rebuilding process

As such, it seems highly unlikely he will sign a deal, meaning Chelsea’s best chance of making significant money is to sell him this January as his value will plummet with just one year left on his deal.

The club is committed to bringing through a first-team player from their widely-admired academy, with Hudson-Odoi looking like being the first to make that leap since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.

However when Hudson-Odoi signed his first pro contract in 2018, his advisors made it clear that they would only commit up until 2020 as they were concerned at Chelsea’s poor record of bringing through youth team players.

Hudson-Odoi has also lost faith some in Maurizio Sarri's commitment to develop him

Hudson-Odoi has also lost faith some in Maurizio Sarri’s commitment to develop him

Hudson-Odoi appears to have been caught in limbo between the dying days of the Antonio Conte regime and the opening months of Sarri’s reign, where establishing himself at new manager at the club and installing fresh tactics were the priority. 

As such, Hudson-Odoi barely featured, even on the bench, after starting the Community Shield. He started his next game on November 29th in the Europa League, having played just 35 minutes of first-team football in the three months since the Community Shield. 

That appears to have been the period in which he lost hope in Sarri’s commitment to develop him.


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