Maurizio Sarri explains Callum Hudson-Odoi’s absence in Chelsea FC loss
The Chelsea FC manager discusses Callum Hudson-Odoi's absence from Wednesday's 4-0 loss at Bournemouth
Maurizio Sarri insisted that there was nothing wrong with Callum Hudson-Odoi after his absence from the Chelsea FC squad for their 4-0 loss at Bournemouth.
The England teenager was sat in the stands at the Vitality Stadium as the Blues suffered their heaviest Premier League defeat on the road since 1995.
Hudson-Odoi has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich throughout the January transfer window after the Bundesliga champions made a number of bids for the Chelsea FC starlet.
The 18-year-old had even handed in a transfer request at the west London side, which was rejected, after he turned down Chelsea FC’s offer of a lucrative new contract.
Naturally, his absence from the starting XI for Chelsea FC’s 4-0 loss to Bournemouth on the south coast fuelled speculation that a move to Bayern could be on the cards.
However, Sarri insisted that Hudson-Odoi’s absence was for tactical reasons as the Italian manager preferred to go with Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian.
“He was with us here but he played three days ago,” Sarri told his post-match media conference.
“I can only play with two wingers and we had Willian. He played three days ago. We have four wingers, I had two on the pitch and one on the bench.”
Hudson-Odoi has made three substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and the forward has racked up 61 minutes of top-flight football.
The Chelsea FC teenager has featured in the Europa League and the FA Cup in the current campaign.
Hudson-Odoi has scored against Greek side PAOK and Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday this season.