Jamie Carragher has claimed that he would not sign a new contract at Chelsea FC if he was in Callum Hudson-Odoi’s position.
The 18-year-old has started Chelsea FC’s last two Premier League games after having seemingly won over manager Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.
The highly-rated teenager struggled to hold down a regular spot in the Chelsea FC first team in the early stages of the season but he has been more of a regular fixture in the starting line-up in recent weeks.
Sarri recently handed Hudson-Odoi the first Premier League start of his Chelsea FC career, and he also played 85 minutes of Chelsea FC’s 2-0 win over West Ham on Monday night.
Hudson-Odoi’s future at Chelsea FC is set to be a source of speculation this summer, as his current deal is due to expire at the end of next season.
And former Liverpool FC defender Carragher has now underlined his viewpoint that Hudson-Odoi should consider a move to a club where he would play more often.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “If I was Hudson-Odoi I wouldn’t sign [a new deal]. He’s in a very strong position.
“I love the fact he hasn’t signed a contract, not because of the money thing or because of Bayern Munich, but because he wants to play. There’s a frustration there. I love the courage he’s shown. He’s willing to say, ‘If I don’t play, I want to go’.
“I wouldn’t be going at the end of the season if I was him. The situation Chelsea are in, I’d use the last year of my contract as leverage. I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way, he’d be saying to Chelsea, ‘Prove to me next season how important I am to you by playing me’.
“Chelsea want to give him a five-year deal because they’re terrified he’s going to leave for nothing, and as a business they’re going to leave for nothing. I have great respect for what this lad is doing at the moment.
“I don’t think he should sign, I don’t think he should leave, but I think he should see how many games he plays next season, and if he plays enough, sign a contract with your boyhood club, and if not, you move on.”
Hudson-Odoi, who made his full England debut recently, will be hoping to feature when Chelsea FC take on Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday night.
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