Sarri hails Hudson-Odoi.

Hudson-Odoi has been directly involved in nine goals in his nine starts for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring four and assisting five.

Hudson-Odoi has been directly involved in nine goals in his nine starts for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring four and assisting five. [Getty]

Maurizio Sarri is convinced Callum Hudson-Odoi can become one of the "best players in Europe”.


The 18-year-old started his first Premier League game in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Brighton and his performance was noted by the Blues boss, who said he was sure about starting the talented England international on Wednesday evening.


However, Sarri was full of praise for Hudson-Odoi - who became the youngest player to provide an assist in his first Premier League start for the Blues.


"Callum started for the first time in the Premier League but he has played 20 matches or so for us," Chelsea's head coach told Sky Sports. "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.


"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 improved a lot over the season. I am really happy for him. Not only in attack, but in defence. For this team, the future is could be good with Callum.”


Hudson-Odoi has been directly involved in nine goals in his nine starts for Chelsea in all competitions, scoring four and assisting five.


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