Eden Hazard: The ‘time is coming’ for this Chelsea FC starlet
Eden Hazard opens up about Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea FC this season
Eden Hazard has revealed that he has told Callum Hudson-Odoi to “stay humble” and work hard at Chelsea FC.
The 18-year-old made his first Premier League start of the season on Wednesday night and he notched up an assist in the 3-0 win over Brighton at Stamford Bridge.
The teenager is widely regarded to be one of the west London club’s brightest young prospects, and he made his full England debut last month.
Hudson-Odoi was heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea FC in the January transfer window, with Bayern Munich reportedly having been interested in signing him.
Hazard has admitted that he is a big fan of Hudson-Odoi, and the Belgian has now revealed some of the advice he has given him.
Speaking in an interview quoted by Chelsea FC’s website, Hazard said: “I told him if he stays humble at first, that is the best thing. Just work in training, score goals and then just be happy on the pitch. He can go very far.
“At first [when I was young] I was not listening to everything, but then my family helped me to stay humble.
“For him it is quite easy because of the players he has around him, they are quite humble. If we were all thinking we are the best, it would be quite hard for him to not stay humble.
“He is intelligent, he has a family that look after him. His time is coming.”
He continued: “We train together but I don’t need to talk to him. If he wants to ask me something I will tell him, no problem, but he is great player already. If he wants advice I can teach but he has everything already.
“When you are young you just play and you try and sometimes you miss but the good thing is to give some freshness to the team. He has the legs to run for 90 minutes.
“At 28 we are a bit tired at the end! He is still young, he can still improve but he is in a good team to learn and we also are happy to help him.”
Hazard also gave his thoughts on Hudson-Odoi’s display on his full Premier League debut last week.
He continued: “He has been waiting to start a game in the Premier League but he is ready, you can see the way he is taking the ball he is playing with a lot of confidence.
“He is still young and he can improve of course but he is already very good, and I think he was happy to play at Brighton.”
Both Hudson-Odoi and Hazard will be hoping to feature when Chelsea FC take on West Ham United in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
The Blues are fifth in the Premier League table as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.