Hudson-Odoi wants Hazard’s No.10 shirt at Chelsea but contract talks yet to start

Callum Hudson-Odoi increasingly wants to stay at Chelsea and assurances he would be the man to replace Eden Hazard would help to ensure that he renews his contract,  Goal understands.

Hazard looks likely to depart for Real Madrid after he confirmed in an interview after the final Premier League game of the season at Leicester on Sunday that he ‘has made his decision’ regarding his future.

Madrid have yet to agree a fee with the Blues for their Belgian talisman as they haggle over a price between €100 million (£87m/$113m) and €130m (£113m/$146m).

Meanwhile, Chelsea are trying to retain Hudson-Odoi, having previously taken a strong stance in rejecting Bayern Munich’s four offers in January, even after the teenager handed in a transfer request to try to force a move to the Bundesliga table-toppers.

The 18-year-old’s desire to want a move away has softened after Maurizio Sarri gave him four Premier League starts in a row before he suffered an Achilles tendon rupture against Burnley in April.

He underwent an operation in Spain and, now back in London, the England international is keen to resolve his future but he has yet to have a contract offer from Chelsea with talks likely to begin after the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 29.

Like Bayern, Chelsea could offer Hudson-Odoi his preferred No.10 shirt which has been worn by Hazard for the past seven years.

Bayern offered Hudson-Odoi the No.10 shirt that was worn by legendary winger Arjen Robben, and a starring role in their team as part of their January bid. They remain interested and could come back into contention for the youngster if talks don’t progress well with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

Manchester United are also interested in Hudson-Odoi but they would find it even harder than Bayern to sign him due to their rival status in the Premier League.

All options remain open to Hudson-Odoi but Chelsea are well placed to secure a contract renewal.

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