Callum Hudson-Odoi wants to leave Chelsea and the club know it, so his representatives have opened talks with Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.
Hudson-Odoi looked like a talented prospect when he emerged from the Chelsea academy. He attracted transfer interest from a young age, including from the Bundesliga itself. However, he has stuck with Chelsea up to this point.
But his gametime has not progressed as he may have been hoping for. Last season, he only started 11 Premier League matches. It was actually his highest tally for a season in the competition. But after the attention he attracted earlier in his career, it may be representative of a player developing behind schedule.
At the age of 21, Hudson-Odoi needs more regular gametime. With that in mind, Sky Sports News have been reporting that the winger has told Chelsea he would be keen to leave so he can play more elsewhere.
Recently linked with Leicester City, he has also been suggested as an option for Southampton by sources such as The Guardian.
But Sky have since updated that Hudson-Odoi’s representatives are in discussions with Borussia Dortmund. The plan would be for him to spend a season on loan in the Bundesliga.
Borussia Dortmund have shown an interest in Hudson-Odoi before. Now, they may have a feasible chance of taking him to Germany.
Sky reporter Dharmesh Sheth has claimed that Hudson-Odoi’s representatives will speak to all interested parties before firming up a decision over his next destination. They will have to choose carefully to ensure there is no stalling in the player’s career.
Borussia Dortmund could be good choice for Callum Hudson-Odoi
The Bundesliga may be a good destination for Hudson-Odoi. Several young players have been given a platform to thrive in the German top flight.
For example, Dortmund developed Jadon Sancho into a player capable of returning to the Premier League, and now it is Jude Bellingham’s turn to thrive for them.
Perhaps the former Birmingham City midfielder could unite with another Englishman in the shape of Hudson-Odoi. The winger would hope for a new lease of life during his year abroad. He would also get the chance to continue playing in the Champions League.
Under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2024, it remains unclear what the long-term plans for Hudson-Odoi would be back with Chelsea. A loan might be the best way to judge if he is capable of starring for them in the future.
For now, the Dortmund avenue seems like an interesting one for him to keep in mind. Of course, staying in the Premier League may have its own appeal, but experiencing a different footballing culture might not harm.