Antonio Rudiger: 'Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked me about Germany'

Antonio Rudiger: 'Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked me about Germany'

Bayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic admits they "really want to sign" Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Bayern have also offered the 18-year-old the No.10 shirt at the club - a squad number that will be available when Arjen Robben moves on in the summer.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has urged Hudson-Odoi to remain with the Blues and handed him a start in Tuesday's 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg defeat to Tottenham.

Hudson-Odoi's path to first-team football is now blocked by Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian, and he's likely to see more consistent playing time at Bayern considering their ageing stars Arjen Robben and Fran Ribery don't start every game and will leave at the end of the season.

Hudson-Odoi would certainly fill one of those voids and, if he does move, would continue the trend of young English players thriving in the Bundesliga.

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"We definitely want to sign him - he has the qualities which would fit very well into our team", said Salihamidzic at Bayern's winter training camp in Doha. "We'll see about the rest".

But according to Rudiger, the England Under-19 global is seemingly contemplating life in Germany.

The German says he can see the lure of joining Bayern but hopes the teenager stays with Chelsea. "It was just a general question from him to know, because he is still young". But at the end of the day he decides about his future. You can see it from both sides. He can develop here but he can develop in Germany as well - and don't forget Bayern Munich are also a big club.

"I think the situation is a little bit similar to the one Manchester United experienced with [Paul] Pogba where after a certain time he simply did not believe the club anymore that his time was going to come, despite the best promises and all the things that [Sir Alex] Ferguson was telling him at the time".

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