What Thomas Tuchel has said about Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea future after transfer frustration

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Chelsea’s busy summer transfer window has come to a close.

The Blues spent a club-record £97.5million on Belgian frontman Romelu Lukaku at the beginning of August before completing a loan move for Spanish playmaker Saul Niguez on deadline day.

The reigning champions of Europe also received more than £100million in sales, allowing the likes of Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori to depart the club to Roma, West Ham and AC Milan respectively.

However, one fringe player who wasn’t allowed to leave Stamford Bridge was skilful winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

football.london revealed on deadline day that both Leicester City and Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund were interested in signing the 20-year-old and the German side were thought to be favourites for his signature after reportedly agreeing on personal terms.

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Eventually, a move for Hudson-Odoi failed to materialise, leaving the youngster ‘furious’, according to the Daily Star.

It was Chelsea who were unwilling to part ways with the England international, who was reportedly keen to follow in compatriot Jadon Sancho’s footsteps by developing at the Westfalenstadion.

And the Blues’ head coach Thomas Tuchel has claimed that the England international is likely to be left disappointed with his game time this term.

“To be absolutely fair, I have to say that sometimes we use him as a right side wing-back which is not his very best position but we do it because in the Super Cup match, he had a good pre-season and all the training in his legs so he had the capacity to play the 120 minutes”, Tuchel said.

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“He waits for a chance in the half left position but he fights against Mason [Mount], Kai [Havertz], Hakim [Ziyech], Christian Pulisic, a lot of guys with a lot of quality.

“It is very hard for him. I agree but we don’t have to feel sorry for him. Once the door is open we demand he goes in between and makes his mark. This can happen at any time. He needs to be ready, this is what we demand from him.”

Source by Football London

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