According to the Mirror, a usually reliable British source, the Chelsea board is unhappy with Maurizio Sarri over his treatment of star youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The Chelsea hierarchy have vetoed Hudson-Odo’s move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last month and reportedly promised the 18-year-old for first-team opportunities in the coming months.
In the last 3 Chelsea games, Hudson-Odoi played just 13 minutes of football against Huddersfield. The Academy starlet wasn’t even included in matchday squads against Bournemouth and Manchester.
With Bayern Munich waiting in the wings, the Chelsea board is concerned that the striker will push for a move away from Stamford Bridge in the summer.
If Sarri is convinced that he doesn’t have the players to “play his football” then why doesn’t he change his players? Christensen, Hudson-Odoi, Emerson and Loftus-Cheek must be baffled.
A lot of the players are good enough. I believe his tactical monotony is the biggest issue.
— Neil Robins (@neilarobins) February 12, 2019
Last week, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge reiterated that Hudson-Odoi was the top target for his club in January. He also joked that sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was the one especially interested in the player to the point of obsession.
Rummenigge said: “The only one Hasan would have liked to buy was this player [Hudson-Odoi] from Chelsea. I have to say that he nearly fell in love with this player and his qualities. All the other things [stories about transfer links with other players] were rumors.”