'In the Chelsea dressing room': Callum Hudson-Odoi names the teammate he spoke to privately before leaving

Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed in an official interview with his new club that he spoke to Kai Havertz about Bayer Leverkusen before choosing to join them on loan this summer.

The academy graduate has made the switch to the Bundesliga in an attempt to revitalise his Blues career, with him struggling for minutes under current manager Thomas Tuchel.

The signing of Raheem Sterling has only left him struggling harder for minutes, with the England international starting in all four league matches so far.

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This saw a number of top European clubs interested in a deal for the 21-year-old, with him attracting interest from both the Premier League and around Europe.

However, he has joined Leverkusen on a season-long loan, and has claimed that a conversation with former player Havertz certainly influenced his decision.

Havertz key to Hudson-Odoi decision

He said: “The move to Germany is really exciting for me and I can play in the Champions League with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

“That combination is really attractive and I’m keen to get to know the club, the fans and the Bundesliga. Kai Havertz only had good things to say about it to me in the Chelsea dressing room.”

The 23-year-old made his name for the Bundesliga side before his big-money move to Stamford Bridge, and now Hudson-Odoi will be looking to have the same effect on his career with a move across the continent.

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Havertz’s own Chelsea career has reached a bit of a stumbling block, with him yet to score so far this season.

This is despite being handed starts in all four of the Blues’ games so far this campaign, although Sterling is the only member of the trusted trio to find the net so far.

This has seen calls for other members of the attacking force to be handed chances, with there being opportunities for the likes of Christian Pulisic to feature tonight.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.