Chelsea’s teenage starlet Callum Hudson Odoi has signed a new three-year deal with the club despite interest from Juventus and Benfica, after his performances in the FA Youth Cup this season.
But the 17-year-old, who also played a key role in England Under 17s’ run to the Euro final, in which he scored before the team lost on penalties to Spain, is considered so advanced that he may go out on loan next season.
QPR and Bristol City are among the clubs interested with the thinking being that even at 17 he could command a regular first-team spot in the Championship.
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo will make the final decision but the club is mindful of the need to ensure that young players don’t stagnate.
Hudson-Odoi has sparked a frenzy of interest from clubs hoping he might not commit to Chelsea, given the difficulties of progressing to the first team there.
Date of birth: 7 November 2000
Place of birth: London
International: England U17s, U16s
But with the club more focused than ever on getting their academy graduates into competitive environments, there is an openness to loaning him to the right club.
Tammy Abraham was crucial to Bristol City last season on loan and though he was 18 when he left Chelsea, his experience there has earned him a five-year deal at Chelsea and a loan move to Premier League Swansea.