Callum Hudson-Odoi has told The Athletic that Todd Boehly messaged him before he completed his loan move this summer.

The 21-year-old has been playing his football in the Bundesliga this season, performing for Champions League side Bayer Leverkusen.

He is probably not quite having the successes he would have hoped for so far.

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He is yet to score in the Bundesliga, as well as failing to find the net in Europe.

Despite this, regular football in attacking positions will be a positive for Hudson-Odoi, who was seeing his appearances confined to games at wing-back under Thomas Tuchel.

Reports had claimed that the German was happy to allow the winger to leave the club on a permanent basis.

Boehly messaged Hudson-Odoi

However, it was claimed that Boehly was a key factor in him staying, only leaving Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis.

Hudson-Odoi has now claimed that the American got in contact with him before he left, encouraging the youngster to express himself in this opportunity.

“He said, ‘Make sure to do your thing over there — be confident, be free, be the player that you want to be,” 

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“I feel like I’m getting back to being myself again — getting back to that stage before the injury when I was more direct and would dribble and stuff like that. The last couple of seasons I’ve been a bit more backward, passing more; I’ve been more safe.

The 21-year-old will be hoping for an opportunity under new manager Graham Potter to prove he has the capabilities to feature regularly in an attacking role.

After graduating from the academy with such promise for the future, Blues fans will be disappointed if his time at the club is over, and he has failed to live up to the heights promised from an early age.

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