Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel turned down a late loan move by German club Borussia Dortmund on winger Callum Hudson Odoi on transfer window deadline, it has been revealed.
The academy product was heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, but he ended up staying at the club and looks to be a part of Tuchel’s plans this season having started in the Blues’ win against Aston Villa on Saturday.
“It was a very easy decision for me, we cannot let the player who is in an 18, 19-man squad. Simply impossible. He is able to play as a right wing-back, left wing-back, he can play in these extra positions, he knows the group and we know him very well.
“For him personally it would maybe have been a very good opportunity but for us it was simply impossible.”
The German manager told PA Media that it was ‘impossible’ for him to leave the club.
Hudson-Odoi’s versatility was clearly a big reason for Tuchel’s decision.
He is thought highly of by the Chelsea hierarchy and this isn’t the first time the Blues have rejected an offer for him.
German rivals Bayern Munchen wanted to take him in on loan last season but were rebuffed again by Chelsea.
Leicester City were also keen on the winger’s services but instead moved for former Everton winger Ademola Lookman.
There is no doubt about his talent which has seen him linked to many top clubs around Europe and is why Chelsea were so keen on preventing his departure.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga