Gianfranco Zola hopes Callum Hudson-Odoi stays at Chelsea

Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain

£35 million was the most recent reported bid for the 18-year-old.

The Argentinian started against Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday as the Blues convincingly won 3-0.

It is suggested that there is a feeling at Stamford Bridge that Hudson-Odoi could go on to have a similar impact elsewhere, should the Blues decide to sanction his move to Bayern Munich.

"We want him to stay as well, we were singing for him to stay", Zola said.

However, even though we'll likely win whoever the personnel, there are certain players who could use this game as an opportunity to get some much-craved game-time. "I can do as much as I can, but then these are decisions that don't belong for me".

"Considering it is the first game, you will see more from him", Zola insisted. There's certainly good understanding between the staff and the club. "There is certainly a good understanding between the management and the club, but at the end of the day I can not say more than that".

Despite the obvious message, he remained coy on his future.

"I don't know", he said.

Ruud Guillit, sitting in the BBC gantry, backed Hudson-Odoi to make the move to Germany.

"As you say he's in such demand, look at the clubs that are interested in him".

The Frenchman sent an overhead kick wide of the post before Willian wasted a chance of a hat-trick by firing wide from the edge of the area, but Maurizio Sarri will be delighted that his side were able to reach the last 16 without coming close to reaching top gear.

Sheffield Wednesday arrive in West London off the back of consecutive 1-0 victories over Luton and Wigan so interim boss Steve Agnew will be hoping to sign off with a shock result at Chelsea before Steve Bruce takes over.

'I wasn't aware of that, ' admitted the Wednesday manager.

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