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Hudson-Odi urges to bide his time

5th January 2019, 10:55 by Nick Harris

Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola has told Callum Hudson-Odoi not to leave the club, claiming he will eventually get his chance.

Hudson-Odoi is reportedly a target for Bayern Munich and is mulling over his options, including an offer to extend his Chelsea contract, which expires in June 2020.

Zola believes the forward would be making a mistake jumping ship at this early stage of his career and has called on him to bide his time at Stamford Bridge.

"It's about patience," Blues assistant boss Zola said.

"I know Bayern is very interested in him, but we're interested in him as well. We've proposed with him a contract for quite a while, so we're waiting to see what the player thinks about that.

"We certainly value him as a player. I know he hasn't played probably as much as he wanted, but this is down to the quality of the players in front of him.

"I've already told the player: it's not a waste of time. It's a time in which you can really get better, because you are pushed to do more.

"I hope Callum is using this time in a wise way. Right now, for him it's important to get better and better every day.

"He doesn't have to be focused on 'why didn't I play? I should be playing 20 games'. It's important: 'what should I do to be better than Willian, than Pedro, than Hazard?' and focus every day working on that.

"If he does that with the qualities he's got I've no doubt he's going to be a fantastic player. Hopefully he'll sign a contract with us."

The England youth international is fit again following a hamstring injury sustained at Watford on Boxing Day and is expected to feature in Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie with Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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