Chelsea refused Dortmund’s offer to complete a late sensational deal for Callum Hudson-Odoi
Thomas Tuchel couldn’t afford seeing his most loved youngster make a late exit as he managed to play a key role in blocking the departure deal from holding.
Just right after selling Jadon Sancho, Dortmund was keen to land a replacement who they believe to be Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Coupled with Hudson-Odoi’s struggles for find game time under Tuchel lately, Dortmund was confident they could complete a late masterclass deal.
Sadly for the Germans,Tuchel still has the Ghanaian kid in his project as he moved ahead to block the exit deal from holding by holding a clear discussion with him.
Hudson-Odoi started out from the Wing Back position yesterday (Saturday) as Chelsea cruised past Aston Villa in a 3-0 win with Tuchel after the game disclosed reason for not letting him make the exit trip.
‘We have spoken,’ Tuchel said. ‘It was a very easy decision for me to make on the last day of the transfer period. We cannot let a player who is in the 18, 19 man squad leave.
‘He is able to play as a right wing-back, a left wing-back in the two No.10 positions. He knows the group, we know him very well. There was no chance to say yes on the last day.
‘For him personally, it may have been a good opportunity but for us and our targets that we want to achieve, it was simply impossible. It was an easy one for me actually.
‘Callum has to overcome the gap between training and games. I see a stronger Callum every day in training and he needs to overcome this gap and show this kind of determination that he shows in training.
‘If he gets minutes, it’s never a gift. Nobody gets gifts because we take maybe hard decisions like for Callum not to let him go [on loan].
‘He needs to deserve it. I know it’s [right wing-back] not his favourite position but I think he can play this position and serve the team when it’s necessary.
‘Today it was necessary and still he can do better, still he can be more aggressive, still he needs to push himself absolutely to the limits.
‘This is what he does in training and, as I said, he needs to overcome this gap to fight for his place in the squad. This is life at Chelsea.’