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Hudson-Odoi: I wanted Bayern move

Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi has admitted that he thought about joining Bayern Munich last season. Hudson-Odoi was Bayern Munich'...


Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi has admitted that he thought about joining Bayern Munich last season.

Hudson-Odoi was Bayern Munich's transfer target last year. The Germans made several bids to sign the youngster but each bid was turned down by Chelsea until Hudson-Odoi signed a new five-year deal with Chelsea understood to be worth more than £120,000 a week, ending speculation about his future.

Hudson-Odoi told The Sun in an exclusive interview that he was tempted by the prospect of joining Bayern Munich.

"I was talking about it with the family and thinking, ‘I just want to play games,’ and at that moment I wasn’t playing enough,” he told The Sun.

“I wouldn’t say I was close to leaving but it was on my mind. What happened in January happened. But I signed my contract and I’m happy here now —  everything is going well.

“It’s been a rollercoaster year. A lot of things have happened which made me learn and think about stuff. I just needed to get back, be confident, be myself, score, assist — and show what I can do.”

“I’d say I’m grateful - I feel fortunate with what has happened,” he added. “The injury is an experience that you learn from because I didn’t know about these things before.

“It happened to me for the first time. And the transfer request taught me about that kind of situation.

“The England thing [making his first-team bow against the Czech Republic in March], the Champions League debut, and a change of manager has taught me a lot. So I would say ‘experienced’ is the word.

"I’m much more mature now, it’s made me wiser. It makes me think everything has happened for a reason - so I should be grateful and give thanks to God.

“There are times when I sit back and think to myself what a crazy 12 months it has been. Good or bad, everything happens for a reason. So you have always got to be grateful"

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