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Sarri stands firm over Hudson-Odoi

29th January 2019, 15:24 by Aidan Perkins

Chelsea are not planning on letting Callum Hudson-Odoi leave now or in the summer, boss Maurizio Sarri has said.

The 18-year-old is out of contract in June 2020 and has been linked with a £35million move to Bayern Munich before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Chelsea reportedly turned down a transfer request from Hudson-Odoi on Monday, with head coach Sarri reiterating the club's stance on Tuesday.

Sarri said: "On the pitch he's doing very well. I'm really very happy with him. I'm not very happy with the situation, but I know very well that every big team here in England has the same problem.

"It's not easy to keep these young players. He is of course one of the best 18-year-old players in Europe, so it's very, very difficult. The club told me he's out of the market for sure and probably he will be out of the market in July."

For Hudson-Odoi to stay into the 2019/20 season it would seem Chelsea must persuade him to sign a new contract.

Sarri insisted that is not his remit and the 60-year-old Italian would make no guarantees to Hudson-Odoi on game time.

Sarri said: "I cannot do anything, as you know very well. If I have the power to sign a new contract, I can do everything.

"It's impossible to promise him that he will play every match because it depends on the situation."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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