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2019 03 30 Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi speaks after his first senior team start with England’s senior tea] I don’t think discrimination should be anywhere. We’re equal and we have to play a fair game. That should never happen in football. Everyone should just be enjoying the game. It’s unacceptable
2019 05 11 Retrieve
[Callum Hudson-Odoi talks about where he cut his teeth as a footballer, citing England’s win at the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 as a formative experience] India put on a party for that World Cup. You’ve never seen football like it. That World Cup had sellout crowds - like proper sellout. I’m talking 60,000 in a stadium to watch teenagers kick ball. India is amazing. They love football so much, and I hope we can run that tournament back one day for the senior teams
: 2019 07 26 Bayern Munich’s attempts to sign Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi were the key reason behind the club’s decision to offer him a new contract worth £150,000-a-week, rising to £180k-a-week with performa
2019 08 31 Retrieve
[Frank Lampard’s side are set for a welcomed boost with Callum Hudson-Odoi nearing a return to action] Recovery has gone really well and I feel good. Hopefully I can be back after the international break. We have to just get things going and hopefully everything goes to plan. I was scared it could take longer but really recovery has gone very well and I am really happy everything has gone to plan. Now I just can’t wait to get back on the pitch and start playing again
[Lampard has failed to hit the ground running on his return to Stamford Bridge] He is a top manager, I’ve said it from the start. He’s there and he’s giving youth a chance. He says to us if you work hard and believe in yourself you will get your chance
[Lampard himself has expressed his excitement at being able to soon unleash the England attacker] The injury looks good which is the great news. Then he’s going to have to be fitter than he’s ever been because I’m going to want him to run!
2019 09 19 Retrieve
[Chelsea’s year-long negotiations with Callum Hudson-Odoi have come to an end after the winger signed a new five-year contract with the club that will see him earn up to £180,000-a-week] It’s an amazing feeling. It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at. I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well. As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back
2019 09 20 Retrieve
[Callum Hudson-Odoi says Frank Lampard has brought a positive vibe into the Chelsea dressing room since succeeding Maurizio Sarri in the managerial hot seat] He (Lampard) has come in and given a lot of players a chance, even in training he is giving a lot of youth-team players the chance to train with us. It is good for me because it is encouraging, you see players that you have watched or played with throughout the whole time and they are getting opportunities to play and you have that same hunger and desire, you want to play as well. It gives me the confidence and boost of ‘if I am doing well, working hard in training, I will get the opportunity to play as well
[Hudson-Odoi added on the difference between Lampard and Sarri behind the scenes] The only thing [that has changed] is that we’ve got a more positive vibe in the changing room and on the pitch. We are all happy I think because the manager has come in, he used to be a great player himself at the club, and now he has come in and we all give respect to what he has done for the club before. I think the camp now is just more happy, more positive
[Hudson-Odoi claims he has built up his confidence while taking in a spell on the sidelines] I feel good, I feel healthy and really fit. The recovery was a long time but it made me feel much stronger, it has made me mentally stronger and has built my confidence more and more. For me, it is warming, knowing that the manager and the staff, plus the fans, everybody wants you to come back. And for me, I just can’t wait to be back now, start playing and hopefully just show what I can do.
2019 10 07 Retrieve
[Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi admits he feared for his career after rupturing his Achilles last season] I wondered if I would be able to play again; that was my first thought. I knew I’d done something really serious, so I was really concerned, but my family kept me confident that I’d be back to how I was. There were days when I would go into training and I would be sad or disappointed because I could see the boys outside training and you just want to be out there with them. So, I had the dark days but, at the same time, I had positive days as well.
When [the injury] came, it was more anger for me because everything was going as I wanted it to go. I was playing games, I’d got called to the national team, everything was going perfectly. There were big games coming up. But I knew when I came back I’d be stronger than I was before. I was out for three to four months and it was crazy to even get the injury in the first place. It’s something I had to deal with mentally because I’d never experienced an injury like that before. I’m really delighted with the way I’ve come back. I didn’t expect to get this many assists and to contribute with a goal as well. Hopefully, I’ll keep improving and adding goals to my game
[Hudson-Odoi rejected the advances of Bayern Munich in January to sign a new contract at Chelsea] The club have done so much for me and I’m so thankful for that. The decision that I made was a very good one for me and my family. We all thought that it was the right club to be at. I’ve been here all my life, so there’s no need to change yet. My mum and dad are happy where they are and I’m happy where I am
2019 10 09 Retrieve
[Chelsea talent Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed he is being mentored by Manchester City star and England team-mate Raheem Sterling in a bid to help his development] Sterling]</b> obviously plays for a different team, so he doesn’t have to do that, but he does because he wants everyone to do well. For a person like that to help you, it’s an amazing feeling. He gives you the best advice possible. I ask him, ‘How do you get all the goals you are getting, how do you work for the team, how do you make an impact in big games?’ [He] tells me to keep working hard, tells me how to get the goals, how to get the assists.
He’ll tell me what are the best movements to get in the box when the balls are coming in, what is the best position to pick up possession. It’s everything you need to know in the modern game and how you should be playing. I’d say he is one of the best wingers in the world right now. When I watch him play it’s an amazing feeling because he likes to help and contribute to the team as much as possible
2019 10 16 Retrieve
[Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi is hopeful of adding more goals to his game following his belated start to the new season] I definitely think I can improve. I am not a perfect player. No one is a perfect player, I think that every day when I go onto a pitch, I want to try my best, work hard and keep improving. I say to myself, keep going, keep working hard and hopefully more opportunities will come. I am delighted to get the goals. It is goals that I always try to get as well as assists - any contributions to the team. I am happy with the finishes and I will hopefully build on it and get many more. I have scored many solo runs, maybe not exactly like that, but I am delighted to get a goal like that. Hopefully many more like that will come and I will get opportunities to score. I will hopefully go back to Saturday with Chelsea and get another three points
I thought to myself as soon as I come back that I just need to get up to speed and get my fitness back. I think once that happens gradually my dribbling and everything will come back to what it was. Now I am feeling a bit more confident of getting on the ball and doing my stuff. As the games go on I will get fitter, get more opportunities to dribble at players and I already feel better now. I wouldn’t say it is my pre-season, I think it is back to normal. I think when I was training, it was like my pre-season getting back to fitness. Now, I am back in the mix, training and playing. Now everything is back to normal so I need to keep working hard and hopefully get fitter
[Hudson-Odoi is proud of how his compatriots reacted to monkey chants and Nazi salutes] Gareth Southgate is the manager; we always have to stick by him. He makes the decision, of course. As players, we speak to the manager and captain to ask them what’s right and what’s wrong. If the manager says we stay on the pitch, we stay on the pitch, try to cope with it as players and we make the decision all as a team. If we think it is right and we can focus and carry on playing, then we do that. If not and the manager says something different, then we do what the manager says. It is all up to the manager and the captain. It is a captain decision but also a team decision. So we all have a say in what’s happening. It is disgusting to hear or see players getting discriminated against. It is not right. I say to myself, whenever that happens you have got to stick together as a team, which the boys did.
I am really proud to see the boys stick together. In those situations where they say they would walk off the pitch it is right because no player should be treated differently. We are all equal. It is an equal game so we have all got to stay strong. Stay the same and the boys dealt with it well. Hopefully, everything will be sorted properly by UEFA. Everything that happened was obviously not right but we have to stick together as a team and move on from it
2019 10 17 Retrieve
[Chelsea prodigy Callum Hudson-Odoi has supported the idea of walking off the pitch as a team in response to racist abuse at football grounds] It’s disgusting to hear or see players getting discriminated against. It’s not right. I say to myself whenever that happens you have to stick together as a team, which the boys did. I am really proud to see the boys stick together in those situations where they say they would walk off the pitch. It is right because no player should be treated differently. We’re all equal and it’s an equal game, so we have got to stay strong. Hopefully everything will be sorted out properly by UEFA
2019 11 09 Retrieve
[Callum Hudson-Odoi says Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea played a key role in his decision to ignore interest from Bayern Munich earlier this year] Him coming here is a big feeling for all of us because he was talking before about how he likes young players and I had an idea in my head that if he comes here it will be great for us. As soon as he came I thought: ‘yep this is it’. I had a few chats with him and thought this is perfect, I want to stay here
2019 11 12 Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi says Raheem Sterling reputation unaffected by Joe Gomez bust-up] We have moved on it. We have all discussed it as a team, we have had a little talk with each other, and make sure everything is OK. We just want to move on as a team and focus on the game on Thursday. I wasn’t really there, I didn’t see anything. I don’t even know what happened, I just heard about it. They all had a discussion, [and are] moving on as a team. And now we are just focusing on the game on Thursday. Raheem’s a very nice guy, he’s very encouraging, very positive about everything he does
When I first came in [to the squad], I didn’t expect him to be so nice. Of course he is a nice person but when you see somebody always welcoming you, just talking to you, giving you advice on how he plays and just being around you a lot it makes you feel so welcome in the team. All the other boys around were just being positive making sure you’re doing well, and everyone’s going good. Someone like Raheem is like an idol to me. The position he plays, and what he’s doing for club and country, is an amazing thing, which I will try to replicate myself. It is an amazing feeling to have someone like him doing what he’s doing and being around you every time. I want to keep learning off what he does. He is a nice person to be around, very positive
[Hudson-Odoi feels Sterling’s growing influence within the squad makes him a future contender for the England captaincy] He’s very positive about what he does. Whenever he says something, he wants to take a stance and make sure everything is OK with it, he doesn’t want to be left out of the team or anyone else thinking he is in the wrong, or someone is in the wrong. For the team, we all back each other no matter what it is. For someone like him, he’s a big leader in the team because he’s a very top player, he’s in club and country playing every game, working really hard, scoring a lot of goals, so someone like that have a say on racism it is a big feeling for all of us. He is sticking up for everyone who is involved in the game. It is a great feeling to know he’s going to do that
2019 11 14 Retrieve
[Asked how many conversations he had with the new boss Frank Lampard before signing a five-year deal in September] One. I can’t say exactly what he said but he just said he believes in me, he wants me to work hard and if I believe in myself then he believes in me and things will go well for me at this club. He wants me to play for him. They were encouraging signs for me that you want to hear from a manager, that he believes in you and he has faith in you, that you can become a good player and achieve a lot of stuff at the club.
I was excited. It was exciting times that a new manager was coming in and also you know that he will play at least some of the youth boys as well. So it’s good to know that you are going to play with some of the players from before. I said from the start that I made the right decision to stay at Chelsea. I’ve been there all my life. I’ve loved the club from day one
To be fair, we have a couple of fines where it’s pretty strict and we have to stick by it. But even if there weren’t fines, we would still be on point. All of us are very on time with everything that we do. We’re very positive about everything we do. If there is a fine, we will pay it. For the fines, we don’t really look into it because we are always on time for what we do so it’s okay. It’s there but we’re all good about it. He is hard on me but it’s in a good way because he wants me to improve and keep getting better. When the manager is telling me stuff, I always want to listen and improve my game because I’m not there yet. I know I can always get better and keep getting better
2020 01 06 Retrieve
[Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi relieved to end three-month goal drought] I have been a bit agitated. Thinking to myself that I have had chances and I need to convert more of them, be more clinical in front of goal, so in this game, I thought to myself, hit it low and hard. Recently I have been thinking ‘be patient, the goal will come if you be yourself, be calm, everything will go your way’. I am really happy that I got the goal and I am looking to build on it and keep going. But it is not just about the goal, it is about helping the team, working hard, keeping the ball, and overall I am happy with how everything went
I was walking back and the [Nottingham Forest] player came along and trod on my Achilles. It was a bit of pain but I’m alright now. Obviously there are still times where I think to myself ‘if I get kicked on it like today what could happen’. And there are times where I think to myself if I do a certain movement it will go again. But now as days at training go by, I think if you’re confident and do your strengthening work in the gym, it will still be strong and nothing should happen to it again. I’ve been doing work every day with the conditioning coaches to ensure it’s strong enough and nothing else happens to it. I think I’m close to the point I was before
2020 01 10 Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi reveals Ronaldo as his favourite player & Ronaldinho his idol] Cristiano Ronaldo. I say that because of the way he handles himself. All the way through his career he has been professional and worked his way through to where he is to this day. He is a great role model for loads of people so I would say, Cristiano Ronaldo
[When quizzed on who he considers as his favourite sports star of all time] I would say Ronaldinho, just because of the way he played. He had loads of positivity and always had a smile on his face. He always was encouraging and being positive in everything he does. So for me, Ronaldinho is an idol and my favourite past star
2020 01 10b Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi: Leaving for Bayern Munich was on my mind but I’m happy at Chelsea] I was talking about it with the family and thinking, ‘I just want to play games,’ and at that moment I wasn’t playing enough. I wouldn’t say I was close to leaving but it was on my mind. What happened in January happened. But I signed my contract and I’m happy here now - everything is going well. It’s been a rollercoaster year. A lot of things have happened which made me learn and think about stuff. I just needed to get back, be confident, be myself, score, assist - and show what I can do
[Hudson-Odoi, with only 48 club outings to his name, concedes that he is still learning as a senior professional] I’d say I’m grateful - I feel fortunate with what has happened. The injury is an experience that you learn from because I didn’t know about these things before. It happened to me for the first time. And the transfer request taught me about that kind of situation. The England thing, the Champions League debut, and a change of manager has taught me a lot. So I would say ‘experienced’ is the word. I’m much more mature now, it’s made me wiser. It makes me think everything has happened for a reason - so I should be grateful and give thanks to God. There are times when I sit back and think to myself what a crazy 12 months it has been. Good or bad, everything happens for a reason. So you have always got to be grateful
2020 02 17 Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi wanted to emulate Drogba & Hazard as he lives the dream of a Chelsea] I’ve been a Chelsea fan since I joined and, trust me, when you play for the club you support, it’s a massive feeling. You just can’t believe it. All those years I was sitting in the stands and looking at players like Didier Drogba, Eden Hazard and Willian, because they are in the sort of positions that I play and I wanted to try and emulate them. So, when I got my chance and I was on the pitch with Hazard for the first time, it was such a great feeling
2020 03 13 Retrieve
[Chelsea partially close training ground as Hudson-Odoi tests positive for coronavirus] Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for Coronavirus returned this evening.
2020 03 13b Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi reveals he has recovered from his coronavirus symptoms] Hi guys, as you may be aware I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I’ve recovered from. I’m following the health guidelines and self-isolating for the week. I hope to see everybody soon and hopefully be back on the pitch very soon. Take care
2020 03 16 Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi, 19, was the first Premier League footballer to test positive for the coronavirus] Hi guys, as you may be aware I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I’ve recovered from. I’m following the health guidelines and self-isolating for the week. I hope to see everybody soon and hopefully be back on the pitch very soon. Take care
2020 03 24 Retrieve
[Chelsea confirm Callum Hudson-Odoi is ‘back to his usual self’ after coronavirus diagnosis] We are pleased to report Callum Hudson-Odoi is now feeling fine and back to his usual self following the period of self-isolation required after the player tested positive for COVID-19.
In addition to feeling good, the young winger is hard at work training at home to build and maintain his fitness, as are the rest of the Chelsea squad
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Callum Hudson-Odoi thanks Chelsea fans and team-mates for support during coronavirus battle] I would like to say to them thank you for all the support that you have shown. They have been so encouraging and making sure that I have been okay. Thank you for that but also, I can’t wait to be back playing on that pitch again. I am fully fit, I am feeling great, I am feeling perfect. I have no injuries so right now I can’t wait to be back on the pitch and showing again what I am capable of
[On his battle with coronavirus] I had the virus which has cleared now. I fully feel good, I feel fit, so I am feeling back to myself so it is all good. I had it [the illness] three weeks ago now I think, on a Monday when I felt a bit hot and I was thinking this is a bit unusual, why do I feel this hot. The next day I was feeling back to normal. I thought it was just a minor temperature thing, but obviously it wasn’t. I said to myself this wasn’t actually that bad, the symptoms, and I said to myself I feel good, I feel better
[Hudson-Odoi insisted he had the full support of his Chelsea team-mates during his battle with COVID-19] Everyone has been asking me how I have been which has been class from them. They have been showing me support and saying Cal, get well soon, I hope you are okay now. It has been very warming and a good feeling to know you have got your team-mates behind you, backing you and making sure you are feeling well and encouraging you
2020 04 02 Retrieve
[Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi feeling ‘perfect’ after Covid-19 recovery] I am feeling perfect. I had the virus, which has cleared now. I fully feel good, I feel fit, so I am feeling back to myself so it is all good. I had it [the illness] three weeks ago now I think, on a Monday when I felt a bit hot and I was thinking, ‘this is a bit unusual, why do I feel this hot?’ The next day I was feeling back to normal. I thought it was just a minor temperature thing, but obviously it wasn’t. I said to myself this wasn’t actually that bad, the symptoms, and I said to myself, ‘I feel good, I feel better’. Everything is happening so fast and I did not know this virus would be such a major thing and so big in the world and affect so many people. Everyone has to be careful and judge things how they go and hopefully the virus will go soon and everyone will be back to normal.
For me it is an opportunity to show again and keep pushing myself to the max to hopefully have an opportunity to go to the Euros. The Euros is a massive thing and I have big belief in myself and hopefully I will be able to get into the team. I just want to make sure that I keep pushing myself every game and every minute, making sure that I keep trying to score goals and make assists and keep trying to help the team as much as possible to get what we want, which is a trophy at the end of the day
2020 04 10 Retrieve
[Callum Hudson-Odoi explains how he is maintaining his fitness amid Premier League suspension] Recently I’ve been working [from] 10-10:30 and then going straight downstairs to do a bit of bike, 10 seconds pushing myself really hard and maybe 10 seconds resting and then another 10 seconds again
I’ve been doing a lot of upper body and core work just to make sure I’m still staying active and ready so it’s a lot and it’s good. To be fair, for me, I like late-night runs. I don’t know why I like the late-night ones. It’s just everywhere is quiet and you go and do your thing and come back home.
[Despite going on runs outside, the Chelsea man is taking social distancing seriously] Everyone I see I’m dodging straight away. I’m ducking and diving and running away just to make sure
2020 04 23 Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi eager to link up with England team-mate at Stamford Bridge] Me and Sancho are mad close, we talk every other day, always seeing how each other are and how we’re doing. We make sure that we’re both doing well, obviously he’s doing amazing and having a great season. We’re always making sure each other is good. Obviously he’s a great player, I love playing with him - he’s a great player to play with. For England as well we’ve played all the way through the ages so the link-up has always been there. I played against him sometimes in the Youth Cup games or we would play with each other for England, the link-up has always been there and we’ve always loved playing with each other. The way we play with each other we just know where each other is on the pitch every time and we just love to play with each other. I don’t know [if he’ll come]. Of course, I would love it if he came to Chelsea. We’ve had a great partnership throughout, the way we play with each other is amazing. If he came, the link-up will still be there.
2020 04 24 Retrieve
[Callum Hudson-Odoi says he knew Frank Lampard would make a good manager] I always thought to myself that he would be a good manager because of the way he used to lead on the pitch when he was playing. You could tell that he demanded a lot from the players he was playing with. It’s an amazing feeling to know that an ex-player, an ex-legend, has come back to the club and has the opportunity to work for the club, and we’re working under him. Every day we want to learn and keep improving. Obviously, he knows all about becoming a top player so you want to learn under him and maybe one day become a Chelsea legend yourself!
Jody Morris has a great bond with the Academy, he knows all the players and all the staff over there. I think he knows when they’re ready to come up and when they’re ready to train and be involved. He’s helped bring all the players up and he’s made everybody aware that if you’re doing well and working hard in training then you’ll get the opportunity to play. It gives you a special feeling to work extra hard because you want to be playing in games, you want to be playing in any match possible. You just have the feeling that if Jody’s there, he’s going to try and push the young players to come up
2020 04 27 Retrieve
[Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi was confirmed to have been a positive Covid-19 case] Hi guys, as you may be aware I had the virus for the last couple of days, which I’ve recovered from. I’m following the health guidelines and self-isolating for the week. I hope to see everybody soon and hopefully be back on the pitch very soon. Take care
2020 04 30 Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi on Sancho] Me and Sancho are mad close, we talk every other day, always seeing how each other are and how we’re doing. Obviously he’s a great player, I love playing with him - he’s a great player to play with. For England as well, we’ve played all the way through the ages so the link-up has always been there. The way we play with each other, we just know where the other is on the pitch every time and we just love to play with each other. I don’t know [if he’ll come]. Of course, I would love it if he came to Chelsea
2020 05 18 Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi had said that he felt perfect, having only experienced minor symptoms] I had the virus, which has cleared now. I fully feel good, I feel fit, so I am feeling back to myself so it is all good. I had it [the illness] three weeks ago now I think, on a Monday when I felt a bit hot and I was thinking, ‘this is a bit unusual, why do I feel this hot?’ The next day I was feeling back to normal. I thought it was just a minor temperature thing, but obviously it wasn’t. I said to myself this wasn’t actually that bad, the symptoms, and I said to myself, ‘I feel good, I feel better.’ Everything is happening so fast and I did not know this virus would be such a major thing and so big in the world and affect so many people. Everyone has to be careful and judge things how they go and hopefully the virus will go soon and everyone will be back to normal
2020 05 19 Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi back in Chelsea training despite arrest after testing negative for coronavirus] This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the government. Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible. The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process. Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed
2020 06 13 Retrieve
[Callum Hudson-Odoi to face no action from police over allegation of rape] At a time where there are bigger things happening in the world right now, you may also be aware of serious allegations that were made against me. I have stayed silent and assisted the police fully throughout their enquiries, as I knew the day would soon come when my name would be cleared. Following a full and thorough investigation, the police have now confirmed they will take no further action. I have learned that being a footballer and playing for one of the best clubs in the world comes with a great responsibility, and going forward I will try and use my platform as a Chelsea player to be the best role model that I can be
2020 06 13b Retrieve
[Hudson-Odoi confirms rape allegation case has been dropped as Chelsea winger states desire to become a role model] At a time when there are bigger things happening in the world right now, you may also be aware of the serious allegations that were made against me. I have stayed silent and assisted the police fully throughout their enquiries, as I knew the day would soon come when my name would be cleared. Following a full and thorough investigation, the police have now confirmed they will take no further action. I would like to use this platform to thank everyone who has stood by my side and supported me during this difficult period. I have learned that being a footballer and playing for one of the best clubs in the world comes with great responsibility, and going forward I will try and use my platform as a Chelsea player to be the best role model that I can be