Callum Hudson-Odoi admits leaving Chelsea for Bayern Munich was on his mind last season after lack of game time under Maurizio Sarri… but he’s happy he stayed at Stamford Bridge
- Callum Hudson-Odoi says he contemplated leaving Chelsea for Bayern Munich
- The Blues winger was often left on the bench during Maurizio Sarri’s reign
- But the teenager says he feels ‘grateful’ after signing a new five-year deal
Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed he is happy at Stamford Bridge despite having been linked with a move to Bayern Munich last season.
The Bundesliga champions attempted to lure Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea during the January 2019 transfer window, with the 19-year-old being limited to infrequent substitute appearances under then Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.
But the England international insists he was never ‘close to leaving’ Chelsea even though he did discuss a potential move with his family, and he committed his long-term future to the club in September by signing a new five-year contract.
Callum Hudson-Odoi says he discussed the possibility of leaving Chelsea for Bayern Munich
HUDSON-ODOI IN 2019-20
‘I was talking about it with the family and thinking, “I just want to play games,” and at that moment I wasn’t playing enough,’ Hudson-Odoi told The Sun.
‘I wouldn’t say I was close to leaving but it was on my mind. What happened in January happened. But I signed my contract and I’m happy here now – everything is going well.
‘It’s been a rollercoaster year. A lot of things have happened which made me learn and think about stuff. I just needed to get back, be confident, be myself, score, assist – and show what I can do.’
The teenager was restricted to infrequent substitute appearances under Maurizio Sarri
The London-born wide man made his England debut in the 5-0 win over Czech Republic in March 2019, making another two appearances in the emphatic victories over Montenegro and Kosovo.
However, the teenager believes the frustration of making just four league starts for Chelsea last season has inspired him to seize his opportunity in professional football.
‘I’d say I’m grateful. I feel fortunate with what has happened,’ continued Hudson-Odoi.
‘The injury is an experience that you learn from because I didn’t know about these things before.
Hudson-Odoi poses with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia after signing a new contract
‘It happened to me for the first time. And the transfer request taught me about that kind of situation.
‘The England thing, the Champions League debut, and a change of manager has taught me a lot. So I would say “experienced” is the word.
‘I’m much more mature now, it’s made me wiser. It makes me think everything has happened for a reason, so I should be grateful and give thanks to God.
‘There are times when I sit back and think to myself what a crazy 12 months it has been. Good or bad, everything happens for a reason. So you have always got to be grateful.’