Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben last night discussed the rumours linking the Bundesliga champions with a move for Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The story surrounding the future of gifted youngster Hudson-Odoi has been one of the talking points of the January transfer window so far.
Having reportedly become frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities to this point in his career, the teenage winger has been heavily-linked with a potential January move away from Stamford Bridge.
Hudson-Odoi’s current deal with the Blues is due to expire in the summer of 2020, with Chelsea desperate to secure the long-term future of the club’s most high-profile youth product.
‘If you get that chance then you have to take it’
Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, though, have other ideas.
The Bavarians recently lodged a 4th official bid for the English youth international, with Bayern absolutely intent on getting a deal for Hudson-Odoi over the line this month
And one of the German powerhouse’s stars has today provided his take on the situation surrounding the 18-year-old’s future.
Speaking in an interview with beIN Sports, Arjen Robben, who’s imminent exit from the Allianz Arena at the end of the season would provide an immediate route to first-team minutes for Hudson-Odoi, hinted that joining Bayern may be the best course of action to aid the Chelsea starlet’s development:
‘He is one of the best (young players) in Europe. You are better off getting your chance and if you get that chance then you have to take it.’
‘For young players, it’s always the same. First, you have to take the big step to achieve it. Become a professional football player at the highest level, get into the first team, get your place.’
‘Then, second, which can be more important, what’s sometimes missing is that you have to stay there. Staying there is often more difficult than actually becoming a footballer in the first place.’
‘You have to to prove it, game after game, season after season and don’t be happy.’
‘Don’t just be happy when you achieve something little or small.’