Alonso urges Hudson-Odoi to stick with Chelsea

Florence Fletcher
January 11, 2019

Hudson-Odoi, 18, has been heavily linked with a January move to the Allianz Arena with Bayern making a number of bids to land the England youth worldwide.

Chelsea remain desperate to convince Hudson-Odoi to stay and Maurizio Sarri's decision to start him against Tottenham was part of that charm offensive.

That would leave Chelsea in a hard situation given he has 18 months to run on his deal and they're unlikely to command such a fee this summer when he'll have a year left on his deal.

Bayern Munich Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the German club's interest in the teenager today, and revealed that the German club want to sign Hudson-Odoi. But at the end of the day he decides about his future.

"He is a good player, but he is very young", said Alonso.

There is widely-held suspicion at Chelsea that Bayern are coordinating their efforts with Hudson-Odoi's camp to get him out of Stamford Bridge, though it is also accepted that accusations of "tapping up" are hard to prove.

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"I hope that his refusal of signing a new contract at Chelsea is based on a want to play more football".

"He can develop as well here". You can see it from both sides. He can develop here but he can develop in Germany as well - and don't forget Bayern Munich are also a big club. It is something he needs to decide.

"The referee told me they have explained it to us already but maybe they haven't explained it to the linesman because he stopped and if there is any doubt that it is offside he has to continue running". He is a young player who has great potential to evolve.

"We don't need to speak about him too much".

"It created a lot of confusion, I don't know what they have to do, but they have to explain it properly to the linesmen and referee to us, because if the guy stopped then I don't know why play kept going".

Information from ESPN FC's Germany correspondent Stephan Uersfeld and Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey was used in this report.

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