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Thomas Tuchel explains decision to keep Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea

13/09/2021; 11:10 AM By : Steven D. Thompson

Borussia Dortmund made an unsuccessful bid to replace Jadon Sancho with Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer. The attempted move followed Sancho's €85 million move to Old Trafford.

The merry-go-round of football transfers means there is always movement with players coming and going. The big clubs poach players from the less prestigious ones, and they, in turn, look down the ladder for adequate replacement, and the merry-go-round continues.

The just-concluded transfer window was hectic and crazy. Despite clubs reportedly hit by a downturn in finances by Covid-19, vast amounts were spent this summer, and even a world record bid from Real Madrid for Mbappe was turned down.

Borussia Dortmund were a victim of losing one of their prized assets. They lost Thomas Delaney, but the loss of Sancho hit them more.

Rebuffing Dortmund’s Odoi move

Following Sancho's move to Manchester United, Dortmund tried to bring another youngster from the English Premiership to Germany. The German club, with its plethora of youngsters, tried to convince Chelsea to part with Hudson-Odoi.

The late loan move was met with an emphatic rebuff by former Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel. He had a tricky choice to make, but according to the German manager, it was an easy decision for him to make.

Speaking with PA Media as quoted by talkSPORT, he said that Hudson-Odoi leaving the club was impossible. Odoi has found minutes under Tuchel hard to come by. Tuchel maintains that the club will meet his aspirations. A testament to that is his first game of the season coming against Aston Villa added to his UEFA Super Cup appearance against Villarreal.

A future at Chelsea

Hudson-Odoi is a former Chelsea academy player whod to blossom under Frank Lampard. His future seemed away from the club, but Tuchel has maintained he has a place at Stamford Bridge.

Tuchel mentioned his versatility with Odoi able to play at right wing-back and left wing-back. His abilities in these positions have endeared him to Tuchel, who has remained unwilling to let the 20-year-old go.

Tuchel agreed it was a good opportunity for Odoi, but Chelsea couldn't let that kind of value walk out of the club. His ability in various positions was the main reason Tuchel turned down Dortmund's approach.

Chelsea holds the youngster in high regard and sees his immediate future at Stamford Bridge.

Other rejections asides Dortmund

Odoi has also had other suitors besides Dortmund, and Chelsea has found it easy to say no to every request for his services.

Dortmund's German rivals Bayern Munich also made a move for Odoi last season as they sought a loan move, but Chelsea refused to play ball.

Leicester City was also interested in the player but eventually settled for former Everton winger Ademola Lookman.

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