Callum Hudson-Odoi has confirmed that he will miss the rest of the season, but has hinted that he will be at Stamford Bridge next season.
The youngster is one of the most highly-rated wingers in world football after an impressive season at Stamford Bridge this season and his performances for Maurizio Sarri’s side over the past 12 months have caught the attentions of Bayern Munich and Liverpool.
The 18-year-old appeared to pick up an injury when controlling a pass just before the 40-minute mark against Burnley on Monday night and it quickly became apparent he would need to be replaced.
Pedro was summoned from the bench and Hudson-Odoi had to be helped by staff members as he hobbled out of the action, and he has now admitted that he will miss the rest of the current season, which will be a massive blow for the Blues.
But he has admitted that he will look to get fit and come back stronger for us next season, hinting: “Really gutted to end my season with a ruptured Achilles, got to work hard and try and come back stronger for next season!!!.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has announced that Wilfried Zaha is happy at the club, despite his recent Champion League comments.
Zaha has become of the most exciting and creative wingers in the Premier League since his move back to Palace and his performances over the past few seasons have caught the attentions of Maurizio Sarri.
Zaha last week dropped a heavy hint that he wants to leave Palace and play in the Champions League, saying he “has to experience the Champions League” at some point in his career, alerting a number of clubs to a possible transfer deal.
Zaha told Sky Sports: “I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.
“I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast.
“For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies.
“I’m blessed to have come this far in my playing career. But I feel like there is so much more I have to offer.”
But when asked about Zaha’s comments, Hodgson replied: “How many players, if the question is put to them, will say they don’t want to play Champions League football?
“Congratulations to the journalist, who has caught him at the right moment.
“He’s certainly happy at Crystal Palace, that wasn’t the performance of a player who wants to get away from the club. He’s got a four-year deal, is one of the highest-paid players and adored by everyone in south London. But life throws things up and we’ll see what happens. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Crystal Palace shirt for many years to come.”
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