‘Interest has intensified’: 22-year-old Chelsea player now left out of tonight's squad, he's set to leave soon

Journalist Nizaar Kinsella has claimed on Twitter that Callum Hudson-Odoi has been left out of tonight’s Chelsea development squad.

Originally, the 22-year-old was scheduled for minutes alongside the likes of Ben Chilwell, Carney Chukwuemeka and Trevoh Chalobah in an attempt to get some first team players some minutes.

The development side are in action against Fulham this evening at Kingsmeadow, and it appears it has been sanctioned by Thomas Tuchel is keen to see some of his fringe players in action.

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However, interest from elsewhere in Hudson-Odoi is Kinsella’s reason for him not being involved tonight.

He said: “Callum Hudson-Odoi now not expected to be available for the Development Squad after loan interest has intensified in the last 24 hours.

“He’s getting some good offers and is now likely to leave Chelsea on a season-long loan. Others should still play tonight at Kingsmeadow.”

Hudson-Odoi left out of squad

It had previously been claimed that the academy graduate was surprised to not be involved in the season opener against Everton, with him meeting the same fate in the derby against Spurs.

Borussia Dortmund were originally linked with a loan move for the winger, although he has also received vast interest from Premier League sides given his experience in the league.

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It will be a shame for fans who have followed Hudson-Odoi’s development through the years to see him leave the club on loan, with it seemingly being the start of his transition to leaving the team.

He was seen as one of the most promising graduates from the club’s illustrious academy system, with there being plenty of competition for that title.

However, so far he has failed to grasp his chance at the top level, with him simply not contributing enough goals to be a regular member of the Blues’ attack, especially with new signings coming thick and fast.

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.