Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has explained why Callum Hudson-Odoi cannot be at the top level despite his great form for the Blues.
Hudson-Odoi,18, came in as a substitute against Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League on Thursday evening and scored a last minute goal for Chelsea in the first leg of the last-16 tie.
The attacker has been a subject of interest from Bayern Munich but Chelsea is unwilling to discuss transfer issue relating to the young prodigy.
Ten of Hudson-Odoi's 16 appearances have come from the bench this term.
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"I am convinced he is a great player. "But in my opinion, a player at 18 he cannot be at the top," Sarri said.
"He will only arrive at the top at 22 or 23 years old, like very
other players. I think to have pressure when you are 18 is very dangerous for the player. You can lose the target.
"When you are 18, the target is to improve, mentally, tactically and physically."
"He is in my mind for every match," Sarri added. "I think in England he is the only player born in 2000 with 16 matches at the top level.
"So, for now, we need him to improve without the pressure of the media, the fans, the club. I don't like to speak about him for this reason.”
Hudson-Odoi has just under 18 months left on his contract.