Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says he is “excited” by his move to Germany after completing a season-long loan move to Bayer Leverkusen.
The England attacker did have a number of options open to him after it was made clear he was not guaranteed gametime at Stamford Bridge. Hudson-Odoi had been on the bench in the first three games and had yet to appear for Thomas Tuchel’s men this season.
Newcastle, Leicester and Southampton were just two of the clubs who were keen on a loan deal.
But while Tuchel has sanctioned a loan move, he has made sure Chelsea had an option to recall the 21-year-old.
The Blues have the option to recall the player in January should they want to.
Hudson-Odoi revealed he had spoke to team-mate Kai Havertz about the Bundesliga side. Havertz made the switch from Bayer to Chelsea in September 2020 for a fee of £75.8m.
“The move to Germany is really exciting for me and I can play in the Champions League with Bayer 04 Leverkusen,” said Hudson-Odoi.
“That combination is really attractive and I’m keen to get to know the club, the fans and the Bundesliga. Kai Havertz only had good things to say about it to me in the Chelsea dressing room.”
Wile Bayer sporting Simon Rolfes believes Hudson-Odoi, who will wear the No.17 shirt, will hit the ground running in Germany.
“We have signed a fast and penetrative winger in Callum Hudson-Odoi. He has everything to be able to help us immediately,” Rolfes told the club’s website.
Hudson-Odoi a Cobham graduate
“Callum has played over 100 games for Chelsea. And proven himself in the Premier League as well as in the Champions League. This will give our attacking game another special component. We’re very happy this transfer has gone through.”
The versatile Hudson-Odoi can play on either wing, as well as in an attacking midfield role.
A statement from Chelsea read: “Callum Hudson-Odoi will spend the rest of the 2022/23 season on loan in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen.
“The Cobham graduate moves to the Bundesliga for the rest of the campaign, having been an unused substitute in our last three Premier League fixtures. The Blues have the option to recall Callum in January.
“Hudson-Odoi will now have the chance to enjoy regular top-flight and European football at Leverkusen, who finished third in the Bundesliga last season and have been drawn in Group B of the Champions League, alongside Atletico Madrid, Bruges and Porto.”