Borussia Dortmund are ‘working on a loan deal to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi,’ with the Chelsea outcast ‘interested’ in leaving for more game time despite saying he wanted to focus on ‘developing at the club’
- Borussia Dortmund want to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi on loan, say reports
- The 20-year-old has not been used by Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea so far this term
- Hudson-Odoi reportedly wants a long-term future at Chelsea but is not a starter
- Thomas Tuchel revealed the winger is frustrated with his lack of game time
Borussia Dortmund are plotting a loan move for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in the final weeks of the summer transfer window, according to reports.
The 20-year-old has not featured for the Blues this season under Thomas Tuchel as the Blues currently have plenty of attacking options, including £98m summer signing Romelu Lukaku.
Hudson-Odoi was chased by Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in the past two seasons with Chelsea rejecting several offers from the German champions before the player signed a £180,000-a-week long-term contract.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is wanted by Borussia Dortmund on loan this summer, say reports
Hudson-Odoi (front, middle) has been unused by Thomas Tuchel (back) at Chelsea so far
And according to The Guardian, Dortmund are not fazed by Tuchel’s desire to keep Hudson-Odoi at Stamford Bridge in this campaign and want to bring him to the Ruhr-land for the season.
The report also says Hudson-Odoi’s long-term desire is to remain at Chelsea and work his way up to a first-team regular, but recognises the need for first-team footbal and the Blues are waiting to see if Dortmund make an official offer.
Hudson-Odoi has been an unused substitute in each of Chelsea’s three Premier League games so far, with Tuchel’s side remaining unbeaten in that time despite facing trips to Arsenal and Liverpool.
Tuchel (right) claims Hudson-Odoi is frustrated with his game time but does not show it
The west Londoners have played a front three of new signing Lukaku, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount – with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech also used from the bench in recent matches.
Hudson-Odoi is also capable of playing as a wing-back in Tuchel’s 3-4-2-1 system but Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta are options on the right, with Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell on the left.
The 20-year-old was not selected by England manager Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifiers in September and Hudson-Odoi rejected the chance to join up with the Three Lions’ Under-21s team to work on his development.
The 20-year-old turned down the chance to represent England’s Under-21s next month
Chelsea boss Tuchel revealed the winger is frustrated with his lack of game time but still rejected the chance to get some September minutes at youth international level.
‘Personally I could see the advantage in having some minutes and being in a leading role for the Under 21s but he decided differently so he will deal with the consequences,’ Tuchel said.
‘He is not happy with his situation but he never ever brings his frustration to work.’
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