Sarri: Hudson-Odoi should respect club, Eden Hazard can go
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has said Callum Hudson-Odoi should respect the club that helped him come to the limelight while stating Eden Hazard has a right to choose if he stays or goes.
“Callum is 18,” Sarri said. “He has to respect the club, the academy, everything. He has time. If you are one of the best young players in Europe, maybe the academy helped you. So you have to respect this. He was quoted by ESPN.com
“Of course, he’s a very great player. He will become one of the best in Europe also in another team, but he has to respect the work of the academy coaches, I think.”
Sarri on Eden Hazard weighing up the possibility of leaving to join Real Madrid claimed that the Belgium situation is different if he wants to leave.
“The situation of Eden is different,” Sarri insisted. “Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go. Of course, I hope the opposite. I hope he wants to stay here with us and improve. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe a the moment.
“Sometimes he’s happy with something less. It’s my job to improve him and put him in a position to do his best. Sometimes I have to say something in the pressroom on that. It’s normal. It’s my job. But I was really very happy with the last performance [against Tottenham].”
Sarri, however, advised the 18-year-old that he is in a better position to fulfil his potential if he remains at Stamford Bridge.
“Because here, I think, it’s his home,” Sarri said. “We will be patient with him because he’s a boy from the academy. I don’t know if, at another club, people would be patient with him after five or six matches. It’s very difficult to go to another country and adapt immediately or play very well immediately.
“That’s a difficult situation. It’s better for him to try and improve here. But that’s my opinion. I may not be right.”