Callum Hudson-Odoi STARTS for Chelsea against Crystal Palace

Callum Hudson-Odoi STARTS for Chelsea against Crystal Palace as Frank Lampard names youngster in line-up as Bayern Munich step up pursuit of attacker

  • Callum Hudson-Odoi has been named in Chelsea’s starting XI to face Palace 
  • The 19-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Spurs and keeps his place 
  • Bayern Munich have stepped up their pursuit for the youngster this week
  • Frank Lampard previously said he will consider what is best for the player 

Frank Lampard has named Callum Hudson-Odoi in his starting eleven for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace despite Bayern Munich ramping up a move for the youngster.

Sportsmail understands that the Champions League winners have stepped up their latest attempts to land the winger, with all options being considered by the German champions. 

Hudson-Odoi signed a bumper five-year contract last September, but Bayern have been encouraged by the 19-year-old’s lack of action under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been named in Chelsea’s starting eleven to face Crystal Palace

The 19-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to German champions Bayern Munich

The Englishman’s only starts since last season’s restart came in the Champions League last-16 second-leg at Bayern, a tie that was all but over following Chelsea’s first leg defeat, and two Carabao Cup ties this term.

However, Lampard has turned to the 19-year-old for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace, with the Chelsea boss naming him in the starting line up ahead of Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic.  

His last Premier League start came at Leicester in February though Hudson-Odoi retains his place against Crystal Palace after playing the full game against Tottenham in the league cup on Tuesday night.

The Champions League winners are pursuing a deal and are open to a loan or permanent deal

Hudson-Odoi played the full 90 minutes against Spurs on Tuesday and retains his place

When asked about the prospects of Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek and Fikayo Tomori possibly leaving in order to get sufficient game time to boost their chances of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Lampard said: ‘With every player in the squad, with the situation of a loan you have to consider what’s best for the player, what’s best for the club first and foremost, and then see how it stacks up.

‘So with all those three players I would take those things into consideration.

‘But I haven’t got an answer for you on any of those three. I have a good relationship with them all, speak honestly with them, again that’s one that we’ll broach player by player in the next few days.

‘Once the window shuts every player that will be here will be used within our squad, because it’s a long season and a lot of competitions coming up.

‘And we’ll know more on Monday.’

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