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Hudson-Odoi urged to stay with Blues

30th March 2019, 08:37 by Nick Harris

Callum Hudson-Odoi could become "one of the most important players in Europe" if he stays at Chelsea, according to Maurizio Sarri.

Hudson-Odoi has now made his senior England debut before his full Premier League bow, but Chelsea head coach Sarri insists he holds only the highest hopes for the Blues' teen sensation.

The 18-year-old's Chelsea contract expires in the summer of 2020, and the Blues rebuffed a £35million bid from Bayern Munich back in January.

Chelsea are understood to want to finalise a new long-term deal for their home-grown forward by the end of the summer.

Asked if he expects Hudson-Odoi to be at Chelsea next term, Sarri said: "I think so, I think so. I'm not able to say if he's going to sign a new contract or not, but I think he will stay here with us in any case.

"Probably, in the near future, he will start in 75 to 80 per cent of matches.

"He is doing very well, but he needs to improve more because the potential is really very high. And so I don't want him to stop improving.

"He can become, I think, one of the most important players in Europe."

Hudson-Odoi's father Bismark and brother Bradley act as his advisors, with Bismark the Chelsea star's registered agent.

Chelsea are keen to keep negotiating with a view to securing their prize asset on a new deal, and are understood to be outlining all of the positives that would accompany blossoming into a genuine superstar at his boyhood club.

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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