Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has rejected the notion that youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi was not included in the matchday squad for the game against Bournemouth as a punishment for seeking a transfer.
Hudson-Odoi has been the subject of interest from Bayern Munich, who have reportedly had a couple of bids rejected for the youngster. It has also been reported that the Englishman has made it known that he won’t be signing a contract extension with the
Sarri has insisted that the only reason the winger was not part of the 18-man squad that lost to Bournemouth was because there were too many wingers and he needed balance in the team.
“He was with us, he played three days ago. There was Willian [in the starting XI], so I had only one winger on the bench,” Sarri said, according to Goal.
“We have four wingers, one had to be in the stands.”
It remains to be seen if Hudson-Odoi will get any further options in the league this season, even as Chelsea struggle to keep their place in the top four amid pressure from Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, the Italian has also rubbished suggestions that he was under pressure to get the team to perform better, but admitted that he will need to work with the squad to avoid such results.
“At the moment they can react against a big team, when we play against a big team we can play with a big level of motivation,” he said.
“But in this match it was different. Suddenly after the first goal we were not able to play. I think it was a different situation. Of course about the mentality.
“I feel frustrated, not under pressure. I did not see my work [on the pitch], so I am frustrated.”