Expert reveals why Chelsea refused to sell Hudson-Odoi despite asking price being met

CHELSEA were worried about a backlash from the fans if they had sold Callum Hudson-Odoi last month.

That’s the view of German football expert Raphael Honigstein who says the player still very much wants to join Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga giants had four bids rejected including their final offer of £35m which was Chelsea’s initial asking price for the 18 year old.

Honigstein doesn’t think the matter is closed and that the saga could be revisited in the summer.

And with under 18 months left on the England youth international’s contract, Blues fans could still have to watch Hudson-Odoi depart.

Honigstein told 5Live: “The big unfinished business from a British perspective is Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.

“It’s definitely not dead. Bayern feel that they have the players’ promise, his word. It might be in writing, thought that’s not enforceable when you go to FIFA with that, it’s not really something you can use to force a transfer.

“But of course, if the party has agreed to join you then you feel that you’ve got a decent chance of making it happen.

“What’s happened was, Bayern were so aggressive in the way they communicated it, thinking they might help the player by showing just how much they wanted him that the opposite has actually happened.

“Chelsea have got a little bit worried about the backlash and became a little bit upset with how open Bayern were with their pursuit and it ultimately fell through.”

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge fired another shot across Chelsea’s bow this week and confirmed they still wanted the forward.

He said: “We want to have the best quality of players at Bayern and Hasan [Salihamidzic, director] is totally convinced of this player. That’s the reason.

“The only thing that Hasan would have been happy to finish was this player from Chelsea, because he had practically fallen in love with this player on account of his quality.

“I wouldn’t deny now that the aggressive courting didn’t go over well in London. But you also can’t forget that Hasan Salihamidzic had to give the player a sign somewhere.

“He wasn’t directly in touch with him personally, since that’s not allowed after all, but the player still needed to get a signal as to whether Bayern Munich completely stood behind him.”

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