The winger has struggled to secure the starting position under Thomas Tuchel since the arrival of the head coach.
Borussia Dortmund is interested in loaning Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea, but the Blues are currently refusing to let England through the exit door. Target understands.
The winger, star of the Three Lions, struggled to secure a starting position under Thomas Tuchel, who had previously been impressive under predecessor Frank Lampard.
It was revealed that the 20-year-old was supposed to remain at Stamford Bridge throughout the 2021-22 campaign, but now there are many new contenders for his signature as the transfer window deadline approaches.
While there was no formal approach, Bundesliga heavyweights Dortmund are the last major European team to show a clear interest in recruiting Hudson-Odoi into their ranks.
Marco Rose’s side is believed to top the list of potential contenders looking to turn the hitter’s head in the final days of the summer window.
But any bid is likely to meet with fierce opposition, as Tuchel believes he should stay with the Blues in West London.
Hudson-Odoi rejects the call of young lions
Tuchel was even more puzzled – albeit respectfully – decision of 20 year old waive the call to represent England U21 during the international break.
After winning his last senior match in 2019, Hudson-Odoi lost again to Gareth Southgate in September 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Qatar.
It remains to be seen how the choice to abandon Lee Carsley’s plans will change his relationship with the Three Lions setup, although there are concerns that this could complicate his future.
The broader picture
Chelsea’s determination to retain Hudson-Odoi implies their belief that he plays a key role in the search for new silver items under Tuchel’s leadership during this time frame.
Having already won the Super Bowl in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Villarreal, the Blues will be focusing on domestic and European issues as well as the Club World Cup in the 2021-22 season.
They made several purchases over the summer, Romelu Lukaku becoming the main recruit, with the lack of activity telling them that they are satisfied with players like Hudson-Odoi already in their ranks.