Tuchel ‘to decide on Hudson-Odoi in next 24 hours’

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will decide in the next 24 hours whether to allow Callum Hudson-Odoi to join Borussia Dortmund on loan, according to the Daily Mail.

The German club have been interested in the winger for some time and have made an approach ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

Tuchel appeared to rule out a move for Hudson-Odoi when he recently indicated that he would stay and fight for a place at Chelsea rather than move elsewhere.

But the Mail suggest a loan deal could still be agreed, with Tuchel set to make a final decision.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Tuchel said Hudson-Odoi wanted to stay despite the fierce competition he faces for a place in the Chelsea side.

“It’s hard to argue with the opinion that he needs regular game time to improve his personal level, but at the same time it’s not only about letting players go,” said Tuchel.

“I have the feeling that Callum decided to fight for his place here.”

Tuchel has selected Hudson-Odoi as a right wing-back, but admits that is not his best position.

Hudson-Odoi prefers to play on the left flank in a more attacking role, but Tuchel has other options with the likes of Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all vying for places.

“Of course we are very aware that he fights for an offensive position more maybe than the wing-back position,” said Tuchel.

“If you do the mathematics you end up with a lot of guys for what is at the moment are three offensive positions.

“So it’s a huge challenge for him, but the door is always open to make your way in and it can happen at any time.

“He waits for a chance in the half-left position, but he fights against Mason, Kai, Hakim, Christian – a lot of guys with a lot of quality and with a bit more regular game time and more consistency.

“So it’s very hard for him, but we don’t have to feel sorry for him. Once the door is a little bit open we demand that he puts his foot in it and makes his mark.”