Callum Hudson-Odoi says he is not interested in talk of Chelsea recalling him from his Bayer Leverkusen loan spell, amid his impressive form there.
The winger, who has also played at wing-back for Chelsea, sought a fresh start in the summer transfer window. While he earned minutes under Thomas Tuchel, he felt he could be of more value elsewhere.
And Hudson-Odoi has certainly proved that already with his Bundesliga loan club.
The 21-year-old has yet to help Leverkusen win a Bundesliga match, but he assisted a goal on his debut in Germany.
Intriguingly, Chelsea – now led by Graham Potter – have an option to recall him from that loan spell and bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
However, Hudson-Odoi has insisted that he is only focusing on the here and now and turning Leverkusen’s season around.
“I can’t really say, because at the end of the day it’s not up to me,” the attacker told Sky Sports.
“I can only do what I can do now for the club and push myself to the max here and give everything I can.
“We don’t know what will happen from now to the end of the season. Right now I’m just focusing on playing as much football as possible and trying to help the team.”
Leverkusen, who finished in the Bundesliga’s top four last season and subsequently qualified for this term’s Champions League, sit 15th after seven games this time around.
They have suffered four defeats from seven, picking up only five points.
Hudson-Odoi striving to improve Leverkusen
And Hudson-Odoi says he hopes to get Leverkusen back on track.
“Coming out here, my aim was to get as many games as possible and build on the fitness that I haven’t really had in the past couple of seasons for Chelsea,” he said.
“I think game wise, I’ve been playing a lot here and I’m really enjoying it.
“You want to enjoy every minute of it, you want to be trying to help the team as much as possible, scoring goals and assisting goals.
“Even if it’s not scoring goals, it’s just being influential in the team. I’m definitely enjoying my football at the moment and I think it was the right move at the right time of my career to come here.”
Leverkusen also suffered defeat in their opening Group B Champions League game. Although, a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid after that showed a resurgence could be on the way after the international break.
Chelsea star faces intriguing season
Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz aside, there is great uncertainty in the long-term look of Chelsea’s attack – and Hudson-Odoi has a role to play in that.
The winger’s contract runs out in 2024, the same year as Christian Pulisic’s terms.
And the USA international has, like Hudson-Odoi, largely failed to prove himself as a regular starter for Chelsea.
Meanwhile, Hakim Ziyech had strong links with a move either back to Ajax or to AC Milan – who are still reportedly keen – in the summer.
The Moroccan’s terms expire in 2025, but there is a feeling he could leave in one of the next two transfer windows. That is the same for Romelu Lukaku, who – like Hudson-Odoi – left on loan. The Belgian returned to Inter.
And as for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the 33-year-old is not a long-term option amid his contract expiring in 2024.
As such, Hudson-Odoi could yet have a significant role to play at Chelsea if the dominos fall in his favour.
If he continues to perform well at Leverkusen and the futures of Pulisic and Ziyech become more uncertain, a spot on the wing would surely be there for Hudson-Odoi to take.