Chelsea forward’s immediate future becomes ‘certainty’ after speculation over clause that could’ve prompted move


Chelsea will not welcome back one of their attacking stars on early loan despite recent claims they could.

In recent years, Chelsea have become known for the number of players they send out on loan. In some cases, players who leave temporarily will never have a future at Stamford Bridge.

The plan for others, however, is to give them the experience needed to be more suitable for their own first team in the long run.

This season, they have more than 20 players on loan. Some of them are failures who failed to make the grade after joining the club, such as Romelu Lukaku and Tiemoue Bakayoko, while others include graduates from their own academy aiming to develop into others places.

Loans away from home were beneficial for current first-teamers such as Mason Mount and Reece James early in their careers. So there is a plan for some of his successors.

Among that group is winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. He emerged from his academy with great potential, attracting the interest of Bayern Munich at a young age.

Chelsea were ultimately determined to keep him, although his progress has been slowed in recent years. Thus, they decided to send him on loan to a different Bundesliga destination, Bayer Leverkusen, for the 2022-23 season.

The 22-year-old has played 15 games for Bayer Leverkusen so far. Of these appearances, 11 have been in the headlines. However, Hudson-Odoi has only scored one goal and assisted each.

There have been rumors for a few weeks that Chelsea could recall him in January. A clause in his deal with Bayer Leverkuen would allow the Blues to bring him back.

As his exit was sanctioned when Thomas Tuchel was in charge, rather than Graham Potter, there could have been a change of heart about Hudson-Odoi back to west london.

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s future cleared

However, Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes has now confirmed that it is a “certainty” that Hudson-Odoi will stay in Germany.

“We assumed that Callum would stay, but now we also have the certainty that he will stay with us,” Rolfes told Bild.

“We are happy about that, because he is a very important player for us.”

With his spell at Bayer Leverkusen over, Hudson-Odoi has just one year left on his Chelsea contract. So this could be seen as a breakout season for him.

He can only hope Bayer Leverkusen head coach (and former Liverpool midfielder) Xabi Alonso continues to show faith in him for the rest of the season.

Beyond that, his future could once again be in doubt. His focus should simply be on delivering consistent performances in the Bundesliga and Europa League for now.

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