Bayer Leverkusen confirm Callum Hudson-Odoi’s full-season loan move

Callum Hudson-Odoi completes the loan move to Bayer Leverkusen with the winger “very excited” about a new challenge in Germany after being frustrated by a lack of opportunities at Chelsea

  • Bayer Leverkusen have secured Callum Hudson-Odoi’s seasonal loan
  • The Chelsea winger has struggled to find opportunities in recent months
  • Chelsea have a chance to add him to Thomas Tuchel’s squad in January

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has signed a one-year loan move to Bayer Leverkusen.

The England international has struggled to find opportunities since overcoming a crippling Achilles tendon injury he sustained last season and Thomas Tuchel has failed to find a place for the 21-year-old following the signing of Raheem Sterling.

Now Hudson-Odoi has completed his first loan move from Chelsea and announced a “really exciting” challenge after getting the facts from former Leverkusen striker and now Chelsea team-mate Kai Havertz.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has joined Bayer Leverkusen on a one-season loan deal

“Moving to Germany is really exciting for me and I can play in the Champions League with Bayer Leverkusen,” said Hudson-Odoi.

“This combination is very appealing and I’m looking forward to getting to know the club, the fans and the Bundesliga.

“Kai Havertz only had good things to say to me in the Chelsea dressing room.”

Leverkusen are thrilled to have boosted their attack with the Blues winger having already played more than 100 games for Chelsea, who can call him back in January should the need arise.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has not found a place for Hudson-Odoi since recovering from an Achilles injury

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has not found a place for Hudson-Odoi since recovering from an Achilles injury

“We signed a fast and powerful winger,” added Managing Director Simon Rolfes. “He has everything to be able to help us immediately.

“Callum has played over 100 games for Chelsea and has proven himself in both the Premier League and Champions League. This gives our attacking game another special component.

“We are very happy that this transfer has come about.”

sports mail reported last week how Chelsea and Leverkusen were in loan talks – with Hudson-Odoi informing Chelsea that he was keen to leave earlier this month in order to secure more regular football.

At some point in 2020, the 21-year-old was being chased by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich but Chelsea rejected the club’s offers and instead renewed the player’s contract.

But now Hudson-Odoi gets his chance to light up the pitches in Germany.

Hudson-Odoi has been trying to get regular playing time and he will get that in Germany

Hudson-Odoi has been trying to get regular playing time and he will get that in Germany

Hudson-Odoi, who joined Chelsea at the age of six, rose through the ranks and made 126 appearances for the senior side.

He enjoyed his prime at Stamford Bridge under the tutelage of Frank Lampard, who was keen to give the club’s young English stars chances.

He played 33 times in the 2019/20 season when the club legend arrived – scoring three goals – and 37 times the following season, scoring five goals.

However, his playing time was limited to 28 games in the 2021–22 season as he struggled with injuries.

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