‘Listen, we want you back here’ – Chelsea 21-year-old winger reveals personal talks with Todd Boehly

By | September 23, 2022

Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed that he had talks with Chelsea’s co-owner Todd Boehly about his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

The 21-year-old winger found it tough to secure a regular role during Tuchel’s 20-month reign at Stamford Bridge and was keen to depart in order to get more playing time.

Hudson-Odoi ended up joining Leverkusen on a season-long loan in the final stages of the summer transfer window, although the West London giants turned down the German club’s request to include a purchase option.

And the forward reports that Boehly is keen to have him back at Stamford Bridge for the next season.

‘It’s definitely different,’ Hudson-Odoi told MailOnline of the new Chelsea regime.

‘When a club is trying to get a player [on loan], they always want that option to buy at the end of the season. Todd was saying: ‘Listen, we want you back here’.

‘You’re still on the radar of being wanted by the club. The way he’s trying to set it up, there are a lot of young players he’s trying to buy for the next few years.

‘It shows he wants to integrate the players into the team and help them develop.’

England international attacker is also admitted that he was frustrated with his lack of first-team minutes under German manager and believes his lack of consistent starts hindered his ability to impress.

‘It was one of those difficult moments when you look at yourself and say, ‘What am I doing wrong? Have I done anything wrong to not even be in the squad?’ Hudson-Odoi said.

‘I would never say anything bad about Thomas, he was a good guy, a good manager. [But] the first game of the season, it was frustrating. Any footballer that isn’t in the squad would understand how frustrating it is.

‘Regular football gives you consistency and the more games you play, the more consistent you become, the more form starts to kick in.

‘You feel fresher, you feel better, you feel like… not that you’re getting treated fairly but that you’ve got the trust from the manager to push you and kick you on.

“You don’t want to be on the bench thinking, ‘Why am I not playing?’ And then it becomes weeks and weeks and the legs are rusty when you do play. The most important thing is consistent football. That’s what I’m getting here and it’s making me feel better.

‘Right now, playing games, momentum is kicking on and you feel refreshed: new country, brand-new experience. It’s definitely refreshing to know I get an opportunity to play games week in, week out, enjoying it and smiling!”