Chelsea teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi will be staying put at Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window , with Blues manager Maurizio Sarri saying Tuesday “ the club told me he ’s out of the market”.
The 18- year- old England youth international is out of contract in 2020, with Hudson- Odoi reportedly keen to force through a move to German giants Bayern Munich before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Hudson-Odoi scored his second Chelsea goal on his sixth start of the season in Sunday ’ s FA Cup fourth round.
But he is yet to start in the Premier League and has made just three substitute appearances in the top flight , the first coming on Boxing Day at Watford.
But Sarri stressed again on Tuesday that London club Chelsea wanted Hudson- Odoi to stay at Stamford Bridge.
“ On the pitch , he ’ s doing very well, ” Sarri said . “ I ’ m really very happy with him . I ’ m not very happy with the situation , but I know very well that every big team here in England has the same problem.
“ It ’s not easy to keep these young players . He is , of course , one of the best 18- year -old players in Europe, so it ’ s very , very difficult.
“ The club told me he’ s out of the market for sure and probably he will be out of the market in July.”
Sarri , speaking ahead of Chelsea ’ s match away to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday, added : “ He ’ s improving. I think he’ ll be the future of our club . He will be the future of English football. ”
But as to whether Hudson- Odoi would sign a new contract , Sarri said that was for others at Chelsea to decide , with the 60-year – old manager saying he could not give the England Under-19 international any guarantees over game time.
“ I cannot do anything, as you know very well, ” Sarri told reporters . “ If I have the power to sign a new contract , I can do everything.
“ It ’s impossible to promise him that he will play every match because it depends on the situation . ”