Report: Chelsea chief Todd Boehly refused to give up on Tuchel outcast
Chelsea co-owner and chairman Todd Boehly personally blocked any buy-on clause in Callum Hudson-Odoi’s loan deal with Bayer Leverkusen despite the winger’s being not in Thomas Tuchel’s plans, according to the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old joined Bundesliga side Bayern Leverkusen on a season-long loan in the final days of the summer transfer window.
The move was hardly a surprise given his lack of game time at Chelsea, although his injury records clearly did not help.
The Daily Mail claims that it was Tuchel who actually pushed Hudson-Odoi to go on loan.
The German had already had plenty of winger options at the time, including summer signing Raheem Sterling.
However, the report adds that while Tuchel was prepared to let go of the young winger, Boehly was not.
The club chairman reportedly had a meeting with Hudson-Odoi in which he insisted that he would not allow a buy option in the loan agreement with Leverkusen.
Hudson-Odoi himself was said to be pessimistic about his future at Chelsea under Tuchel, but Boehly assured that the club have not given up on him.
Boehly yet to give up on Hudson-Odoi’s Chelsea prospect
The new ownership group considers the academy and young players integral to their new model.
This explains the club’s summer investment in youngsters, including Gabriel Slonina, Carney Chukwuemeka, and Cesare Casadei.
This also likely has a lot to do with Graham Potter’s appointment as the new manager.
During Tuchel’s reign, Trevoh Chalobah, and more recently Armando Broja, are the only two young players to have broken into the first team setup at Chelsea.