Bundesliga side Bayern Munich have confirmed they remain interested in Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The German champions made a number of bids for the winger in the January transfer window but Chelsea were reluctant to sell amid chances that their star man Eden Hazard could also leave in the summer.
It had since been reported that the German giants would cool their interest, especially after his recent injury, but that no longer appears to be the case.
With the confirmed departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Bayern are desperate to reinforce their flanks and believe that the 18-year-old has the potential to fill the spaces left by the Dutch and French duo.
As reported by the Daily Mail, an event hosted by German media outlet Bild, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed their interest remains in Hudson-Odoi.
Though no bid has been made, Rummenigge made it clear they will be chasing the winger.
There have not been any talks so far. He’s an interesting player, we will try.
Despite Hudson-Odoi remaining a possible target for Bayern, he does come as a secondary option to Manchester City’s Leroy Sane; an open option nevertheless.
The England international was forced to the sidelines during Chelsea’s Premier League match against Burnley after suffering an Achilles injury.
The 18-year-old has demonstrated wonderful ability out on the wing and has been a key figure of Chelsea’s Europa League campaign, scoring four goals in nine appearances.
How can Chelsea convince Hudson-Odoi to stay?
It has been claimed that the player wants Eden Hazard’s no.10 shirt, should the Belgian leave this summer. It would certainly be a token of gratitude.
Regular game time
While it sounds so simple, the proof is in the pudding for Chelsea. They need to give him the game time to show he is part of the first-team squad.
Making a place for him in the squad by selling one of either Pedro or Willian could be another way for Chelsea to showcase Hudson-Odoi’s worth to them.
While it shouldn’t all be about the money at his age, a new contract with assurances will go some way to showing Hudson-Odoi the club’s vision for his future in London.