Bayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has opened up on the Bundesliga club’s efforts to try and sign Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The German powerhouse tried to land the winger last January, but failed. They then returned in the summer to try and get the England man on board.
The 19-year-old was believed to be one of Hansi Flick’s top summer targets and talks were held with the Premier League club.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia though was thought to want a €77m purchase obligation if the Hudson-Odoi made a certain number of appearances.
Bayern were not keen and stepped away from the deal with sporting director Salihamidzic telling SportBild: “There are transfers that come to the point where you have to say: ‘We have to leave this immediately.’
“It is all the more important that one thinks about alternatives or alternative paths right from the start.
“We negotiated with Chelsea but there was no agreement. That happens.”
Frank Lampard insisted that he wanted to keep the England winger after his side’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last month.
That was the player’s first Premier League start of the season in three appearances. He has already scored in the draw with WBA and Lampard was insistent he wanted the player to stay before last Monday’s transfer deadline.
“Callum is absolutely part of my plans here,” said Lampard (via Sky Sports). “I’m very pleased with him. By Monday we will know a definitive answer.
“If they’ve declared their interest then that’s one thing, but everything that happens by Monday will be either things that are firstly good for us as a club.
“Callum’s our player, and also what Callum wants will come into consideration, but it has to be right for everybody.”
Hudson-Odoi trolled on social media
Hudson-Odoi was trolled on social media in the wake of that lacklustre loss to Southampton on Boxing Day,.
The youngster did put in a brighter cameo in the following game – a 2-1 Premier League win at Arsenal.
And Lampard pledged to help Hudson-Odoi shake off the outside criticism and graft his way back to his best.
“I think it’s a lot at 19 to say with one performance you must produce instantly or you’ll get social media criticism, and I’ll certainly protect him against that,” said Lampard.
“Little snippets like at Arsenal, coming on and looking bright and going by people, he can do all that.
“He does need to show more but he absolutely will do and we’re right behind him.
“I’ve not spoken to him about that specifically and unfortunately on social media that’s par for the course.”