Jamie Carragher has slammed Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri over his treatment of Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The 18-year-old is yet to start a Premier League game for the club, but impressed after being handed his senior England debut in the recent international break.
Hudson-Odoi is yet to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge as he seeks assurances over his playing time, and Carragher was left baffled by Sarri’s admission to not watching the winger’s debut for the national side.
When asked at a press conference about Hudson-Odoi’s first start for England, Sarri said:
“I saw the English national team for 20 minutes and Callum didn’t start very well on the right.
“He did very well on the left, immediately in his first action. But I know very well he prefers to play on the left.”
Carragher has slammed Sarri’s admission, labelling the Italian’s claims as ‘stupid’.
“This is a lad who’s making his international debut. Why are you not watching the full game?” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“You could argue Sarri is watching a lot of his Chelsea team-mates, flicking the channels, but he doesn’t need to watch them, they are all 27, 28, 29. This is a young kid. Can he handle the spotlight of playing for England? This is a lad I’m trying to keep at my club.
“So to then just dismiss this lad’s international debut – maybe the biggest thing that’s ever happened to him as a footballer – I can just imagine the people above Sarri just shaking their head and thinking ‘why are you saying such a stupid thing in the press conference? We are trying to get this lad to sign a contract.’
“I would not be surprised if the people at the top at Chelsea were onto the agent and trying to calm the situation down.
“If he hasn’t watched it and he doesn’t think he’s played well, be clever, use your brain. Don’t say it. Say you did watch it. Of course, he has to improve, he’s still a kid, but to dismiss someone on their international debut I think it was an absolutely stupid thing to say.”
Jamie Carragher can’t believe Maurizio Sarri’s comments about Callum Hudson-Odoi 😡
— GiveMeSport Football (@GMS__Football) March 31, 2019