Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri previously admitted that he was “convinced” about Callum Hudson-Odoi’s talents amid recent links with Lazio.
The Italian endured a rollercoaster relationship with the young Chelsea winger during his solitary season at Stamford Bridge.
He finally made his breakthrough with the club, making a then career-high 24 appearances in all competitions throughout the campaign, netting five goals and notching a further five assists.
However, Sarri was often criticised for not rewarding Hudson-Odoi with the starts that his displays necessarily warranted, earning criticism from Chelsea supporters.
Now, it is being reported that the two could potentially be reunited at Lazio. Il Messaggaro have suggested that the Chelsea youngster is on the Serie A club’s shortlist of wingers and could make a loan move should they fail to sign Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic.
Talking after a Europa League win against Dynamo Kiev in 2019, a game in which Hudson-Odoi scored, Sarri revealed that he could clearly see the winger’s talent but warned supporters to be patient.
The Italian said: “I am convinced. He doesn’t have to do anything to convince me because I am convinced that he is a very great player. I have my opinion at 18 years, he cannot be at the top.
“He needs to improve because he will be able be able to stop at 22, 23 years like every other player. Now I think we need to improve [him] without the pressure of the media, without the pressure of the fans, without the pressure of the club.
“He is in my mind in every match. I think in England, he is the only [player born in] 2000 who has 16 matches in the first-team. He is the only one.
“He is verbal in the dressing room. In the training, he is very good.”
Hudson-Odoi, now 20, has three years remaining on his current Chelsea contract and made ten starts under Thomas Tuchel during the second-half of last season. He has apparently already made the decision to stay with Chelsea amid rumours he could be used in a swap deal for Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman.
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Source by Football London