Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of the most sought-after talents across Europe and his contract circumstances are an uneasy position for the club ahead of negotiations.
Hudson-Odoi really wants to stay at the London club and assurances he would be the one to replace Eden Hazard would increase his chances of signing a new contract.
Hazard is likely to leave for Real Madrid after he confirmed his “decision” in an interview after the last Premier League match of the campaign at Leicester on Sunday.
Real have yet to agree a fee for the Belgian playmaker as they tussle over a price between €100 million (£87m/$113m) and €130m (£113m/$146m).
Chelsea, meanwhile, are trying to hold on to Hudson-Odoi, having previously rejected four Bayern Munich’s bids for the player in January, even after the 18-year-old handed in a transfer request to try force a move to the German giants.
The teenager’s desire to leave Chelsea has softended after Maurizio Sarri gave him four consecutive Premier League starts before he ruptured his Achilles tendon against Burnley in April.
Hudson-Odoi had an operation in Spain and the England international is set to resolve his future, though he is yet to have a new contract offer from the Blues with negotiations likely to start after the Europa League final on May 29.
Like FC Bayern, Chelsea could give Hudson-Odoi his preferred No. 10 jersey which has been worn by Hazard for the last seven years.
The Bundesliga outfit handed Hudson-Odoi the No.10 shirt that was worn by veteran winger Arjen Robeen, and a crucial role in their team as part of their January bid. Bayern ae still interested and could come back into the picture for the youngster if talks don’t go well with Chelsea.
Manchester United have also been linked with Hudson-Odoi but it would harder for them than Bayern to sign the player due to United’s status in the Premier League. All these options are open for the teenager but Chelsea are in a decent position to secure a contract renewal.
Meanwhile, the winger is aiming for a quick recovery from a similar injury which previously sidelined Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny for six months.
He is aiming to be fit at the start of the next Premier League season in August after a successful surgery but he will not be allowed to rush back by the club’s medical staff.
Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year also said he was feeling okay at the awards ceremony this past week.
“I think the surgery went really well. Everything went perfectly as I wanted it to. I am really happy to win the award. I think the season went well and I feel that every time I have played I felt more confident and I enjoyed it,” Hudson-Odoi said during the Under the Bridge event in west London.
“I enjoyed every moment of playing. I just need to keep working hard and hopefully get more opportunities.”
The club’s decision to not begin negotiations with Hudson-Odoi plus other club issues may relate to the transfer ban, which will affect talks with many of their players.