Callum Hudson-Odoi allowed to train
Twenty-four hours ago, speculation was rife over whether Callum Hudson-Odoi would be allowed to train with Chelsea as the Blues step up their drills before the possible return of the 2019-20 Premier League season.
Hudson-Odoi is now facing a significant legal and PR battle after he was arrested on suspicion of rape last weekend.
As we’ve previously reported, Hudson-Odoi has denied the rape accusations. A representative of the 19-year-old England international has been quoted saying:
He says he’s innocent. That’s all you need to know. He’s innocent, he hasn’t done anything wrong. We’ve got no other comment to make.
Leaving the serious rape allegations to one side, some wondered if Hudson-Odoi would be placed in quarantine after his incident last weekend.
Indeed, the Telegraph confidently predicted that “Hudson-Odoi, 19, is expected to miss Chelsea’s return to phase-one restricted training.”
However, that Telegraph prediction has since been proven to be 100% wrong.
On Tuesday, Hudson-Odoi was pictured back at Chelsea’s training ground. As noted by the BBC:
Hudson-Odoi was pictured training in a group with midfielder N’Golo Kante, forward Christian Pulisic, defender Kurt Zouma and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Callum Hudson-Odoi returned to limited training with Chelsea on Tuesday following his arrest in the early hours of Sunday.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 19, 2020
How have Chelsea reacted to Hudson-Odoi’s rape allegations?
Officially, neither Chelsea nor Hudson-Odoi have made any statement to the press about the rape allegations.
However, some may want to draw conclusions about Chelsea’s feelings on the matter considering the teenager trained on Tuesday.
The Telegraph make it clear that Hudson-Odoi was only allowed to train after manager Frank Lampard gave him the OK:
Frank Lampard allowed Callum Hudson-Odoi to return to phase one of restricted training with the Chelsea squad on Tuesday, despite his arrest at the weekend.
Chelsea medics decided Government guidelines, together with the negative test, was enough to allow Hudson-Odoi to train and Lampard allowed the winger straight back.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) May 19, 2020
N’Golo Kante’s new look
In other news, N’Golo Kante focused attentions at Chelsea’s training on Tuesday.
The French World Cup winner has returned to Cobham with a new look: he has hair!
N’Golo Kante has hair 🤯 pic.twitter.com/JEREdjVLbf
— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 19, 2020
Chelsea extend two players’ contract
Returning to the Telegraph, it’s also reported today that Chelsea have agreed to extend the contracts of Olivier Giroud and Willy Caballero.
Both Giroud and Caballero were set to become free agents at Stamford Bridge on June 30.
However, the players have now agreed to extend their current deals. The paper announce:
(38-year-old Caballero’s) deal was due to expire at the end of next month, but, as was the case with striker Olivier Giroud, Chelsea have secured a 12-month extension.
However, Chelsea haven’t tied up all their contract loose ends.
Currently, both Willian and Pedro’s contracts expire on June 30.
Will these players also agree to extend their deals at Stamford Bridge?
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.