Hudson-Odoi backed in Chelsea contract stand-off
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."
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