Maurizio Sarri explains why he dropped Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea's team

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"He's a very mature lad for his age, he knows what direction he's going in and he's improving all the time".

"It is not professional for Bayern Munich to talk about wanting Callum Hudson-Odoi as he is under contract at Chelsea", Sarri told the press ahead of his sides trip to Newcastle tomorrow.

Hasan Salihamidzic, the Bayern sporting director, said earlier this week that Hudson-Odoi was a player they "would definitely like to have" after they made a bid of £35m for the 18-year-old.

"I think it's not professional, because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea".

"We play every three days, so we need something else. So I think it's impossible to lose him in January", Sarri said.

Sarri said: "Of course, if Morata will go to another club we need a replacement". I think it is a great opportunity for him to do that'. "I am very, very happy with the player because the player is improving". He's got unbelievable qualities.

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And former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has encouraged Hudson-Odoi to take the chance and leave. "You are better off getting your chance and if you get that chance then you have to take it. In my opinion, we need two players", he said. He's very good, very talented, fast and good dribbling skills.

So Pulisic coming in and Hudson-Odoi leaving is kind of in keeping with what they have always done and it's clearly worked for them.

Robben - who also previously played for Chelsea - has given an interview to beIN Sports saying: "He is one of the best (young players) in Europe".

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's looking increasingly likely Willian will be a Barcelona player come close of play this month".

Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi has been urged to exploit his chances amid interest from the Bundesliga outfit.

Chelsea have indicated they will offer Hudson-Odoi a five-year deal but at present specific financial details haven't been discussed because the focus has been on where the player can develop best.

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