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Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi joins Bayer Leverkusen on loan

After struggling for game TIME at Chelsea, Callum Hudson-Odoi has joined Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for the rest of the season.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 26, 2021 Chelsea's English midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi (R) and Southampton's Malian midfielder Moussa Djenepo (L) battle for the ball during the English League Cup round of 16 football match between Chelsea and Southampton at Stamford Bridge in London. - Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen have signed England international Callum Hudson-Odoi on a season-long loan from Premier League club Chelsea FC, the English club confirmed on Twitter on August 30, 2022. The winger, who has scored four times and made 12 assists for Chelsea in 74 Premier League appearances, arrived in Leverkusen in the morning of August 30 for a medical. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /

Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi has completed a season-long loan move to Bayer Leverkusen. He has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge since the arrival of Thomas Tüchel as head coach in January 2021, and is yet to feature at all this season. The 21-year-old has played 126 times for Chelsea in all competitions since making his debut in 2018, with 37 goal involvements (16 goals, 21 assists). The Premier League club confirmed they have the option to recall the player in January.

Several clubs in England and Germany were credited in the media with an interest in Hudson-Odoi, but the winger has opted to join Gerardo Seoane’s team for the campaign. Speaking to the club’s website after the move was confirmed, Hudson-Odoi said: “The move to Germany is really exciting for me and I can play in the Champions League with Bayer 04 Leverkusen. That combination is really attractive and I’m keen to get to know the club, the fans and the Bundesliga. [Chelsea team-mate] Kai Havertz only had good things to say about it to me.”

Leverkusen secured their first victory of the Bundesliga season on Saturday as they won 0-3 at Mainz, having lost their first three games.

Three-cap England international Hudson-Odoi – who was close to joining Bayern Munich in 2019, could make his debut on Saturday when Freiburg visit the BayArena.