I had to ‘get out’ of Chelsea to ‘start afresh’ -Callum Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed he felt he needed to leave Chelsea in the summer to get his career back on track.

The 21-year-old winger was limited to just 11 Premier League starts last season as he fell out of favour and then suffered an Achilles tendon injury that derailed the second half of his campaign.

This led to him seeking a move away in the recent transfer window, and he joined Bayer Leverkusen on loan in August. Reflecting on the decision to move to Germany, Hudson-Odoi claims he was left with no other option, but he still wants to go back to Chelsea when his loan spell ends to prove he can play a significant role for the Blues.

‘Not in a rude way, as in I don’t like the club or I don’t want to be at the club, I don’t like the club. Nothing like that. But I needed to play football somewhere new. Start afresh. Try the best I can wherever I am. And then go back to Chelsea at the end of the loan.’

Hudson-Odoi struggled to nail down a position at Chelsea under former manager Thomas Tuchel, with the German trying him as a makeshift wing-back at times.

He has claimed he never had any personal issues with Tuchel, but Hudson-Odoi has admitted it was difficult for him to find his best form when playing in an unfamiliar role.

When asked if he was a natural wing-back, Hudson-Odoi replied: ‘Definitely not!’

‘It was definitely difficult at times with him but you have to get on with it and do what you can.’

Credit: dailymail.co.uk


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