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Hudson-Odoi wants Hazard’s No.10 shirt if…

May 15, 2019
Callum Hudson-Odoi targets Eden Hazard jersey number if Hazard joins Real Madrid

Callum Hudson-Odoi is increasingly considering pledging his long-term future to Chelsea though reportedly wants assurances that he will be the man tasked with replacing Eden Hazard.

The Belgian is expected to move to Real Madrid after the Europa League final in a £100million deal, with Zinedine Zidane having made the winger his top target this summer.

There has been speculation that Chelsea will move for Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho to replace him, but Goal.com report that Hudson-Odoi wants to be given the chance to take on the mantle.

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The teenager rather infamously started a competitive international for England before making his full Premier League debut with Chelsea, with Maurizio Sarri reluctant to integrate him into the starting XI.

He was the subject of four bids from Bayern Munich and had been keen to move abroad having seen compatriot Jadon Sancho thrive at Dortmund, even handing in a transfer request.

However, the 18-year-old – who is currently sidelined for around three months with an Achilles injury – is on the verge of a spectacular U-turn should Hazard leave the club.

Hudson-Odoi is looking to resolve his future before the season starts and would be willing to sign a new contract – his current deal expires in 2020 – if he is given assurances over his role in the side.

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Not only does the England winger want to play in his preferred role on the left wing, a spot a that has been occupied by Hazard, he also wants the Belgian’s No.10 shirt.

Hazard has worn the shirt for the past seven years, while the likes of Joe Cole and Juan Mata have also worn it, and Chelsea are preparing to give in to Hudson-Odoi’s demands to ensure the future of one of the brightest young prospects in the Premier League.

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