Callum Hudson-Odoi has been left out of the Chelsea’s matchday squad to face Bournemouth as a punishment for handing in a transfer request.
Sportsmail understands the club have taken a dim view of the 18-year-old’s decision to hand in a transfer request in a bid to push through a move to Bayern Munich this month.
The Blues are insistent the winger will not be leaving the club before the close of the window on Thursday and his omission at Bournemouth is a message to him to show the club greater respect.
Chelsea have been playing hardball over the teenager’s future but he took the decision to hand in a transfer request last week after Bayern put forward a £35million bid for him.
With 18 months to run on his current deal, the club are keen to tie one of their most valuable young players to fresh terms and hope keeping him until the summer provides more time to convince him.
Hudson-Odoi’s big grievance has been his lack of minutes. He has not started a Premier League game for the club.
He started and scored in the 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday but remains unsatisfied with few first-team appearances.
His omission from Wednesday night’s 18-man squad suggests Chelsea and boss Maurizio Sarri, who described the winger as ‘the future of English football’ on Tuesday, will not be bullied by Hudson-Odoi and his demands.
Jadon Sancho’s success in Germany since swapping Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund has opened a lot of young players eyes.
Hudson-Odoi, who it is believed has been told he will not be allowed to move this month, may not take kindly to being left out entirely as he continues to favour a move to Bavaria.
Willian and Olivier Giroud, who has himself been linked with a move away, provided the attacking ammunition from the bench on the south coast with new signing Gonzalo Higuain given his first start in the Premier League.