Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel insisted that while loan spells in Bundesliga might benefit English talents, it is not necessarily the only good option available as well.
The meteoric rises of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham have certainly inspired a lot of young English players to take the leap into German football.
Especially when these German clubs offer more regular playing time than their English counterparts do, moves to Bundesliga can be very attractive.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was in this situation towards the end of the last transfer window, according to Sky Sports.
Borussia Dortmund were reportedly keen to sign the Chelsea talent on loan, and he seemed to like the idea as well.
The 20-year-old eventually stayed at Stamford Bridge, after Chelsea were reportedly unwilling to sanction the proposed loan move.
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Tuchel might have indirectly urged Hudson-Odoi to fight for his place at Chelsea instead.
“These are more or less what you’re looking for when you send a player on loan; a well-structured club, a well-structured league, reliability in communication,” he responded when asked why many English clubs send their homegrown players on loan to the Bundesliga.
“It’s a high-intensity football, so once you [send] your English players there, you can be sure that they a physical game, not only a technical game.
“But in the end, everybody needs to find his own path and adapt to his own solution and situation.
“You can’t just say, ‘You go there, go to Borussia [Dortmund]’. Sometimes it’s a good choice to stay and fight your way through, sometimes it’s a good choice to [go on loan].
“If you have the mentality, the quality, and if you are relentless enough and with luck that everybody needs, you will make your way, no matter how.”