Chelsea's assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has defended the club's treatment of Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Hudson-Odoi has yet to start a Premier League match for the Blues and played only six minutes in the Europa League match against Malmo where they won 2-1 away. Bayern Munich saw an intensive transfer approach turned down by Chelsea for the 18-year old even after meeting the asking price of £35m.
"Sorry but I disagree with this. He is always on the edge of the team. As soon as there is an opportunity he plays, sometimes from the beginning. The manager is giving plenty of reasons for him to feel involved and wanted. There are not many 18-year-olds at top clubs in Europe who are playing as much as him. On top of that, he is a player that we appreciate and believe is growing up." Zola said in defence of how the English youngster is fairing at the club.
"He has a bright future at this club. All of the coaching group likes him. You need to understand he is surrounded by top players and you have to work hard to be better than them. That's what we want from him, to make sure he keeps improving because he can do better." Zola added.
Chelsea will play Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday.
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