Chelsea prodigy gives club hope of keeping him by rubbishing ‘impatient’ notion

Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has insisted that he ISN’T impatient, despite speculation over his future at the club intensifying.

The Guardian reported back in January that Hudson-Odoi had submitted a transfer request in hope of forcing through a move to Bayern Munich before the end of the window.

Chelsea stood firm, with Hudson-Odoi remaining with the Blues. We face another battle to keep him this summer, though, when he will have just a year left to run on his contract.

When a player of Hudson-Odoi’s age becomes disgruntled, it’s usually down to one thing – playing time.

With the Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery era over at the Allianz Arena, few could blame him for seeing an opportunity to nail down a starting spot at a huge club.

Hudson-Odoi has insisted that he’s not getting ahead of himself, however. He’s rubbished the notion that he’s impatient, claiming that he is willing to wait for opportunities to come.

He’s quoted by the Mirror saying:

“’I’m not impatient. Obviously I’m always keen to play football, I love the game. But at times you’ve got to be patient and wait for your chance to come and hopefully many more will come.”

“I always have the same mentality no matter the age group – 18s, 21s, the first team. I still have the same mentality, I’m not going to change because I’ve had one game with the first team.”

“I’m still going to have the same mentality – go over there, be humble, be the same way, work hard as always, and hopefully if I go there I’ll keep being confident and keep being myself.”

Hudson-Odoi’s comments offer us at least a little encouragement that he can still be convinced to stay. Ultimately, though, it’ll likely come down to Maurizio Sarri’s willingness to use him.