X

Sunday 19
May

England

Hudson-Odoi backed in Chelsea contract stand-off

10th April 2019, 16:23 by Gareth Freeman

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi is doing the right thing by playing a waiting game over his club future, according to Jamie Carragher.

Hudson-Odoi has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge this season but the 18-year-old has still managed to force his way into the senior England side this year and has been capped twice by the Three Lions.

The forward will enter the final year of his deal at the end of the season and Chelsea are keen to extend his deal, but so far Hudson-Odoi has refused to agree terms.

The 18-year-old could yet decide to stay at Chelsea if he is given a more regular role, and it is understood the Blues will not sell in the summer despite his contract situation, amid interest from Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

Former Liverpool and England defender Carragher believes the England international has taken the correct approach so far in regards to his club future, regardless of whether or not he eventually decides to sign a new Chelsea deal.

"If I was Hudson-Odoi I wouldn't sign. No, I wouldn't," he told Sky Sports.

"The position he's in, he's in a very strong position. I'm not saying don't sign to try and get more money or cause a big problem.

"I love the fact this lad hasn't signed a contract – not because of a money thing or wanting to leave [to join] Bayern Munich, because he wants to play. There's a frustration there.

"I'm not saying he should be playing every week, but I love the courage he's shown.

"Too often now I think players just sign big long contracts, they're on lots of money and in some ways you think 'where's their career going?'

"He could sign, be on a four-year deal and be on all kinds of money...but he's willing to say 'if I don't play I want to go'.

"This lad wants to play. I've got great respect for what this lad is doing.

"I don't think he should sign. I don't think he should leave. He should stay there next season, see how much he plays and if he plays enough then sign a contract. If not then move on."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

More England

England

England relaxed on Kane fitness

17th May 2019, 13:02

England boss Gareth Southgate will "play it by ear" with regards to Harry Kane's fitness ahead of the Nations League Finals.

England

Southgate stands by Kane

16th May 2019, 16:10

Tottenham star Harry Kane has been named in England's squad for the Nations League finals despite fitness concerns.

England

Spurs midfielder hoping for England call

14th May 2019, 14:51

Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier wants to move on from his injury woes and represent England in the Nations League this summer.

England

Prem duo's Euro success hinders Southgate

9th May 2019, 16:03

Gareth Southgate's plans for England's Nations League bid have been hit by Liverpool and Tottenham's run to the Champions League final.

England

Wan-Bissaka sticking with England

8th May 2019, 12:33

Aaron Wan-Bissaka says he wants a future with England and will not be switching back to represent DR Congo.

England

Southgate keen to look at Blades keeper

2nd May 2019, 11:54

Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson is set to be called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad this summer.

Recent Sport Headlines

Cricket

Woakes shines in England victory

19th May 2019, 19:05

England seamer Chris Woakes recorded his third five-wicket haul in Sunday's ODI win over Pakistan to boost his World Cup hopes.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs boss on Bayern radar

19th May 2019, 18:51

Bayern Munich are ready to make a move to try and lure Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino away in the summer, reports have said.

Tennis

Nadal defeats Djokovic in Italian Open final

19th May 2019, 18:42

Rafael Nadal claimed his first ATP Tour title of 2019 after defeating Novak Djokovic in Sunday's Italian Open final.

Norwich City

Rhodes talks taking place - Report

19th May 2019, 18:39

Norwich are in talks to make Jordan Rhodes their first summer signing for a 'small fee', but his wages will be significant.

Cycling

More TT joy for Roglic

19th May 2019, 18:19

Primoz Roglic again showed his class against the clock as he took stage nine of this year's Giro d'Italia in San Marino.

Barcelona

Valverde cools talk of imminent Griezmann arrival

19th May 2019, 18:18

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde doesn't expect Antoine Griezmann to join the club from Atletico Madrid until the end of the season.

AS Roma

Roma ready to give ex-Lazio boss a chance

19th May 2019, 18:12

Marcelo Bielsa has emerged as a new favourite for the Roma job after Antonio Conte opted to take charge of Inter instead.

Arsenal

Gunners in for another Lorient talent

19th May 2019, 18:07

Arsenal are weighing up another swoop on Ligue 2 outfit Lorient - this time for £9million-rated attacker Alexis Claude-Maurice.