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Maurizio Sarri has delivered a very honest message to Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Chelsea supporters would love to see a little more of Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The highly-rated winger has made just six appearances this season, four of which have come in the Europa League and one arriving in the Community Shield.

Hudson-Odoi has flashed glimpses of his talent, excelling in a 4-0 win against against PAOK in November, but he hasn’t been given enough opportunities.

And with interest rising in the 18-year-old, Chelsea fans are beginning to fear that they may not get to see Hudson-Odoi develop at Stamford Bridge.

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea have rejected a £20 million bid from Bayern Munich for the England Under-19 international and have told the German club that they value him closer to £40m.

Jadon Sancho is making the most of his opportunity at Borussia Dortmund and Hudson-Odoi will be aware just how much the move to the Bundesliga is benefitting Sancho’s development.

And based on Maurizio Sarri’s latest comments, the teenager may just decide that his future lies away from west London.

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Sarri's message to Hudson-Odoi

Sarri has told Hudson-Odoi that he is still not good enough to be a regular for Chelsea.

“I think that [Hudson-Odoi] is a very good player, the potential is for becoming a great player - and now he has to improve,” the Chelsea boss said, per the Mirror.

“With the ball, he is a very good player. He has to improve, I think in movement, without the ball.

“As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for the English football I think but for European football.”

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There’s plenty of praise there from Sarri. But he’s made it clear to Hudson-Odoi that he’s not yet ready for first-team action.

The Chelsea boss emphasised the point that he’s not prepared to sacrifice wins to aid a young player’s development.

“I can understand that a fan loves young players from the academy, I can understand very well,” Sarri added.

“But in the long run, I have to win matches. And the fans, I think, want me to win matches - and also the club I think.”

Injuries to Hudson-Odoi, Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have left Chelsea in the hunt for a new winger, with the Telegraph reporting that they are in talks to sign Christian Pulisic from Dortmund.

Topics:
Football
Maurizio Sarri
Callum Hudson Odoi
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Bayern Munich
Premier League
Chelsea

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