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Chelsea star demands transfer exit which could cause Frank Lampard serious problems

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has reportedly made it clear that he wants to leave the club before the transfer window closes. Hudson-Odoi has long been tipped for a bright future at Stamford Bridge having made his debut back in 2018.

The winger burst onto the scene during Antonio Conte’s final season at the club with Maurizio Sarri then going on to give Hudson-Odoi his first start a year later.

He gained more minutes under Frank Lampard last season, making seven Premier League starts.

But the arrivals of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz in the summer transfer window has given him even more competition to contend with this campaign.

He came off the bench in their opening league win over Brighton but was an unused substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

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Lampard did hand Hudson-Odoi his first start of the season in Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup third round win over Barnsley, with the 19-year-old playing the entire game.

And the Chelsea boss was impressed with the winger’s performance.

“I think he did well,” said Lampard. “Not easy with not so many minutes, he is the same as some others in the same boat at the moment.

“I thought at parts he looked fresh and sharp. We talk about work ethic, which he showed really well in terms of getting the ball back for us, recovery runs, all the things which must be absolutely standard in his game.

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“If you look at the top wingers in the Premier League and how they play. He showed loads of great moments.

“I was really pleased with Callum, I thought he had a good night.”

But the revived interest from Bayern Munich, who tried to sign Hudson-Odoi back in 2019, has seemingly turned his head.

And transfer expert Alex Crook claims Hudson-Odoi has made it clear that he wants leave on loan.

“Chelsea have been the big spenders this transfer window, but the emphasis is now on trimming their wage bill,” he told talkSPORT.

“talkSPORT understands Callum Hudson-Odoi is pushing for a loan move with Bayern Munich reviving their interest.

“Meanwhile, Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge with Aston Villa keen on signing the England international.”

While Hudson-Odoi won’t be seen as a regular starter at Chelsea this season, Lampard will undoubtedly be hoping to call upon his services on a regular basis as they fight on all four fronts.

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