Chelsea are hopeful that they can convince Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay at the club long-term by offering the teenager Eden Hazard’s No.10 shirt once his move to Real Madrid has gone through, according to the Daily Mail.
Hazard, 28, has reportedly agreed personal teams with Real Madrid already and even though they are yet to reach a compromise with Chelsea over a fee for the Belgian, the deal is expected to go through.
Losing Hazard would be a huge blow for Chelsea considering his form this season, however, the club are making plans to build a new-look side around Hudson-Odoi, so long as ties himself down to a long-term contract.
The 18-year-old was the subject of four separate bids from recently crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in January and even handed in a transfer request at Stamford Bridge to try and push through a move.
Hudson-Odoi’s contract with Chelsea is set to expire in 2020 and although he has rejected their previous offers of an extension, the Mail reports that meetings are scheduled to take place between his advisors and the club this month.
A concern over playing time rather than the wages on offer – reported to be £85,000 per week – was said to be the main factor behind Hudson-Odoi’s unwillingness to sign a new deal, however, he could yet be persuaded to stay.
Chelsea are hoping that they can convince him to stick around by giving him a prestigious shirt number and a more prominent role in the side than he has enjoyed under Maurizio Sarri this season.
Hudson-Odoi is likely to miss the start of next season after suffering a ruptured Achilles in April. He scored five goals in 24 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this term and earned two senior international appearances for England back in March.
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