Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly eyeing up his favoured number 10 shirt should Eden Hazard leave the club this summer.
The Blues prodigy makes no secret of his preferred digits – his Instagram handle is Calteck10 – and is rumoured to want to remain at Chelsea should he be given assurances that he is seen as the man to replace Eden Hazard, who looks destined to move to Real Madrid this summer.
Hudson-Odoi is one of the most in-demand players in Europe, with a host of clubs monitoring his contract situation. According to a report from Goal, Calteck is rumoured to be eyeing up Hazard’s soon-to-be-departed 10 shirt, after the Belgian said that he ‘has made his decision’ regarding his future after Chelsea’s game against Leicester this weekend.
Madrid have yet to agree a fee with the Blues for their current Player of the Season, and Hudson-Odoi – who was recently awarded the Young Player of the Season – is now changing his stance on his position, having previously handed in a transfer request to try to force a move to the Bundesliga giants.
The 18-year-old is set to engage in talks with Chelsea about a new deal after the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29, and should Hazard depart, Chelsea could offer up the No.10 shirt previously worn by Hazard. Bayern are also rumoured to have offered Hudson-Odoi the same number shirt worn by legendary winger Arjen Robben, who is rumoured to be retiring at the end of this campaign.
Hudson-Odoi is currently sidelined with an Achilles injury, but should be back in action for the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season in August. He underwent a successful operation last month and is in good spirits, with the young baller targeting the beginning of Chelsea’s next campaign for his return to the pitch.