Tuchel suggests he could allow struggling Chelsea star to leave this summer

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has commented on Callum Hudson-Odoi’s potential summer departure as he insisted that the young winger still has a lot to offer in the future.

The 21-year-old has reportedly generated interest from several clubs, including Crystal Palace and Borussia Dortmund, in this transfer window.

According to The Athletic, he was close to joining Dortmund on loan last year, before Chelsea blocked the move, but considering his lack of game time last season, the club could agree to let him leave this summer.

Hudson-Odoi has also entered the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, so a permanent exit could also be on the cards.

Tuchel refused to confirm anything at this point, but his comments suggested that he is open to listening to any player who wants to leave.

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“In general nobody is for sale, and everybody is for sale,” the manager told Chelsea’s official website when asked about potential player sales.

“It depends in the end on what the player wants, how bad the player wants it, what we think, and who is ready to pay a certain amount of money, and then maybe everybody is for sale.

“Callum competes, he had a long-term injury and long-term problems to overcome so that’s from where he suffered.

“I think he has still a long way to go to live up to his potential because the potential is huge.”

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Tuchel could allow Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsea

The manager also argued that Hudson-Odoi can now learn from his new teammate Raheem Sterling and hopefully reach his full potential.

“At the moment he’s our player, and he needs to fight and fight,” Tuchel added.

While Tuchel made a good point, Sterling’s arrival could also limit Hudson-Odoi’s game time even more this season.

Unfortunately for the winger, it seems unlikely that Tuchel would allow another attacker to leave before getting any replacement, following Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner’s departures.

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