Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists Callum Hudson-Odoi has not been distracted by reports of an imminent move to Bayern Munich.
Sky Sports revealed on Twitter on Tuesday that the Blues had accepted a £35 million bid for the 18-year-old winger, with only personal terms left to be agreed before he completes a transfer to the Allianz Arena.
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Despite intensifying speculation, the teenager winger was still granted a starting berth against Tottenham at Wembley in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg later that day and he produced a lively display on the right-wing.
Chelsea lost the match 1-0 but they still have the chance to overturn that deficit at Stamford Bridge on January 22, as they chase their first major trophy under the stewardship of Sarri.
The question is – will Hudson-Odoi still be a Chelsea player by then?
At the moment he looks Germany bound but if Sarri can grant him a run in the side after his latest performance, he could yet be convinced to continue his development in English football.
As Metro Sport reports, speaking to the media post-match Sarri praised Hudson-Odoi and offered an insight into his mental state, insisting everything is ‘normal’ amid the Bayern reports.
“Odoi in the last week has been very normal,” he stated. “I have seen him every day in training, he has been very normal.
“In the last match, he played very well and today very well.
“He played like a player of 25 or 26 years. Very good defensive phase, but very good.”
Next up for the Blues is a home clash against Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday, which is followed by a huge showdown against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium a week later.
Hudson-Odoi should now be in line to feature in both games, with Chelsea facing a tough fight to secure a top-four league finish and secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
The youngster’s future could be tied up one way or another over the next few days, with Blues supporters all on edge hoping that the club can retain their most prized raw talent.