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Chelsea set to block any January exit for Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea will not allow Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave during the January transfer window despite the winger’s desire for more regular first-team football.

Hudson-Odoi has struggled for opportunities at Chelsea and has started just one Premier League fixture so far this season, with the academy graduate having found himself behind the likes of Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech in the pecking order.

The 20-year-old was not included in the match-day squad for Saturday’s 3-1 win over Leeds at Stamford Bridge, or for the goalless draw with Tottenham the previous weekend and is understood to be frustrated with his lack of opportunities.

Bayern Munich have been long-term admirers of the player and have twice attempted to sign Hudson-Odoi, including a loan deal with an option to buy in October.

According to The Athletic, however, Chelsea will reject interest from Bayern or any other interested parties next month, with the west London side unwilling to lose a player they believe has huge potential to succeed with the club.

The decision was reportedly made prior to the hamstring injury suffered by Moroccan international Ziyech during the victory over Leeds, the 27-year-old expected to be sidelined for the next few fixtures at least after being withdrawn in the first half.

Hudson-Odoi has scored twice in three Champions League starts this season and is expected to feature during Chelsea’s final group stage fixture against Krasnodar tomorrow, with the Blues expected to field a rotated side having already secured their progress to the last 16 as group winners.

The youngster will hope to take the opportunity to impress as he bids to regain favour with Frank Lampard and boost his prospects of featuring for England at next summer’s European Championships.

Hudson-Odoi has not been called up to the senior squad in more than a year and spent November’s international break with the U-21 side, though is hopeful of forcing his way back into Gareth Southgate’s thinking ahead of Euro 2021.

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