Callum Hudson-Odoi is STAYING at Chelsea following crunch talks with Frank Lampard as Bayern Munich fail with ambitious loan bid which included option to sign him for more than £80m next summer
Bayern Munich offered to take him on loan with an option to sign him for huge fee which Sportsmail understands was more than £80million next summer.
However, given that Hudson-Odoi has started the last two games and seems to have forced his way into the first team, the loan option made less sense for Chelsea.
Callum Hudson-Odoi will be staying at Chelsea despite strong interest from Bayern Munich
And though Lampard will have reiterated over the weekend that there no promises and the winger will have to earn his place, he seems more likely to start than previously.
Hudson-Odoi would not have forced the move and with Chelsea unwilling to budge, he is settled on staying.
At the weekend, Sportsmail revealed that Chelsea had rejected a loan bid from Bayern which included a £70m option to buy next summer.
After signing a new contract at Chelsea in the summer of 2019, Hudson-Odoi came back from a serious Achilles injury but has seemed unlikely to start this season after the signings of Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, all of whom can play in wide positions, with Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic, when fit, also seemingly more likely to play.
By contrast Bayern manager Hansi Flick described him in glowing terms and it had seemed that he is more wanted at Bayern, though Lampard attempted to dispel that notion after the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Flick said: ‘He is one of the greatest talents in that position. He can play wide and as a No.10 so it’s entirely legitimate that we at Bayern Munich are interested in him.’
Lampard said Chelsea would only let him go if it suited the club but also suggested Hudson-Odoi’s own wishes would be taken into account.
‘There is no definitive answer,’ said Lampard. ‘By Monday we’ll know the definitive answer. If Bayern have declared their interest that’s one thing. But everything that happens on Monday will be what is good for the club, because Callum’s our player.’
Lampard has now decided that he wants to keep Hudson-Odoi at Stamford Bridge this season, although there is a chance Bayern could make another attempt to sign him in January if he falls down the pecking order.
Speaking after the win over Palace, Lampard added: ‘Also what Callum wants will come into consideration. At the minute I want Callum part of my squad, particularly when he’s offering up what he offered up in the second half and when he came on against West Brom.
‘I think Callum’s performance particularly in the second half today when he got more aggressive and got past his full back on the outside was exactly what he needs to show
‘Because Callum absolutely has the ability and pace and ability on the ball to do that and put crosses in which he started to do. Callum is absolutely part of our plans here. We have Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech to come back into play, we need options on the wings and I was very pleased with him.’