Chelsea’s star man Eden Hazard is inevitably on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer, this now looks to be a matter of when, not if.
Chelsea and Real Madrid are a little way off the fee to be agreed, but it is expected this will be a confirmed soon as Chelsea hold out for £100 million.
This will be a massive loss for Chelsea, and a hole that will only ever be able to be part filled. But one man who will have full confidence that he could eventually be the one to entirely fill in that hole, is Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Yesterday there were tainted reports floating around that Hudson-Odoi was now to stay at Chelsea, and was close to signing a new deal. The reports I saw were claimed to be from German publication BILD. But upon closer look the report actually stemmed from the less reliable SPORTbild.
Although Hudson-Odoi isn’t yet ‘close to a new Chelsea deal’, it does appear that the club are now very hopeful that he will stay at Stamford Bridge, and take up the Hazard reigns.
This morning, the more reliable Chelsea correspondent for Goal, Nizaar Kinsella, reported that Chelsea are ‘increasingly hopeful’ that Hudson-Odoi will stay at Chelsea this summer and beyond.
The Chelsea board are adamant that Hudson-Odoi is to be part of the club’s long term plans, and I know that part of the reason behind the discontent with Maurizio Sarri earlier this year, was due to him ignoring Hudson-Odoi and other young players, whom they see a big part of their future.
But with Sarri seemingly allowing trust in the 18-year old, if he continues to do so, Hudson-Odoi being touted as a Hazard replacement as such, and being given the confidence to slot in on the left wing after the Belgian leaves, this should just be enough to convince the England international to sign a new deal.