Callum Hudson-Odoi can become one of Europe’s top stars, says Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri


Callum Hudson-Odoi can become one of Europe’s top stars, says Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Callum Hudson-Odoi can become one of Europe’s best players.

The 18-year-old was finally given a first Premier League start, as the club beat Brighton 3-0 on Wednesday.

Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed on his full Premier League debut and set up Olivier Giroud for the striker’s goal

Hudson-Odoi played the full 90 minutes and set up Olivier Giroud for the opening goal.

Sarri, whose side moved level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal, told Sky Sports: “Callum started for the first time in the Premier League but he has played 20 matches or so for us.

“I was sure about him. He played very well, and an assist for the first goal. He defended very well, and for us this is very important. This is very helpful for us.

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“He’s a good boy. Of course, now, he can risk stopping to improve because he can risk thinking that he is a player at 100 per cent, but that’s not true. It’s impossible to be at the top when you are 18.

“He needs to improve, he can improve, and I want him to improve. He can become one of the best players in Europe.

“Callum is ready to play in every match, even the most difficult matches. He has improved a lot over the season.

“I am really happy for him. Not only in attack, but in defence. For this team, the future could be good with Callum.”