Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has ruled out a summer departure for midfield ace Callum Hudson-Odoi amid increasing speculation that the English wide-man could be set for a shock switch to rivals Manchester United.
Hudson-Odoi, 19, emerged as a potential alternative to number-one target Jadon Sancho after Manchester Evening News reported that the Englishman was one of three back-up options being considered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
As the Reds’ hierarchy continue to struggle to complete a deal for Sancho, Hudson-Odoi could have proved to be a value alternative as United desperately try and land a right-sided winger before the transfer window’s deadline day next Monday.
However, speaking ahead of the Blues’ Carabao Cup clash against Spurs tomorrow night, Chelsea manager Lampard has ruled out a potential move for his English starlet, he said: “I certainly hope he has a big part to play this season.
“When you talk about Ziyech and Pulisic, we are not inundated with wingers, we lost Pedro and Willian in the summer and we’ll need competition, we’ll need players just because of the stress of playing in the competitions we have to play in.
“If Callum [Hudson-Odoi] comes on and makes impacts like he did at West Brom, if he keeps on improving and developing everyday, he’s a huge talent, so let’s see.”
— CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) September 28, 2020
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