Callum Hudson-Odoi wanted to leave Chelsea last summer after failing to become a regular under Thomas Tuchel.
The 21-year-old attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund and wanted a loan move to Germany, but Chelsea turned him down.
Hudson-Odoi was reportedly ‘dropped’ by the Blues as they denied him the chance to switch Deadline Day to the Bundesliga side.
In the final days of the August 29 window, Tuchel did not consider loaning out the Englishman, saying: “At the moment, there is no loan and no thought considered.”
As Hudson-Odoi has remained in the capital, he has now featured 27 times for Chelsea so far this season. During this time, he scored three goals and provided six assists.
One of those assists came in Saturday night’s Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi as he crossed for Romelu Lukaku’s opener who was instrumental in the Blues winning their second trophy of the season alongside the Super Cup.
Great games, great trophies, that’s the reward of playing for a club like Chelsea.
And Hudson-Odoi reflected on his future and expressed his relief and joy that the club blocked his opportunity to leave on loan for the 2021/22 campaign.
“If I went out in the summer I wouldn’t have the opportunity to play like that, enjoy the games and win trophies. So I’m really glad I stayed and obviously I had the opportunity to player”, he told the evening standard.
He added: “Big trophies like this are games you want to be in with a club like this.
“Big games, big trophies, you want to win as much as possible with a club like this. Our goal is always to win matches and to win as many as possible.
“When we have the chance, we keep pushing.”
Hudson-Odoi played 77 minutes in the final against Palmeiras and with two trophies to his name, success is on the way for the winger.
He must remain patient for his chances under Tuchel. They have come and will continue to come, whether in his role as a favorite winger or a left-back.
Chelsea took control of their future last summer and Hudson-Odoi owes it in part for the success he is enjoying this season alongside his impressive individual performances.