Chelsea take on Bournemouth in the Premier League at the Vitality Stadium tonight with most of the talk heading into the game surrounding Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The 18-year-old winger recently had his transfer request turned down in his attempt to force a move to Bayern Munich (Sky Sports), and his manager Maurizio Sarri has since called for him to show a bit more respect to his current club.
“Callum is 18. He has to respect the club, the academy, everything. He has time,” Sarri was quoted saying by Goal. “Respect the academy. If you are one of the best young players in Europe, maybe the academy helped you. So you have to respect this.”
At 18 and having only just made it into the Chelsea first team, in some sense, it is not hard to see where Sarri is coming from when it comes to Hudson-Odoi and the whole transfer request situation.
Though, given the Blues’ track record with developing youngsters, you can hardly blame the England U19 international for believing his future probably lies elsewhere.
You can have a look at what Chelsea supporters are saying about Sarri’s recent comments on Hudson-Odoi below…
Don Maurizio with the right words once again. His mind games are underrated
— CFC Blue Ultras (@CFCbluepride) 29 January 2019
Completely agree handing in a transfer request was too much and disrespectful
— MAH (@matissearmani) January 29, 2019
Thank you DON his dada should relax
— TkaySW6 (@Tkaynoel) January 29, 2019
Well said sarri
— (@CareFreeRomeo) 29 January 2019
Odoi. Handing in a transfer request was disrespectful and he shouldn't have done that. He is 18 and just came from the academy and even hazard didn't do that who is 28. Odoi went too far.
— Luckies Chelsea (@LuckiesHazard) January 30, 2019
Clearly he must respect because Chelsea made him for many years
— Chelsea FC Ceylon (@CFCforever123) January 30, 2019
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He owes Chelsea time! He needs to give them enough time to see if he is developing in the right way. Not jump ship after 6 months (and with enough game time) at the first club who show some serious interest. Disrespect and lack of loyalty.
— T Radu (@tradu81) January 29, 2019