Callum Hudson-Odoi has hailed his loan move to Bayer Leverkusen, saying it made him feel “refreshed”.
The Chelsea winger was cleared to leave for Germany this summer after falling out of favor under Thomas Tuchel last season.
As a result, the 21-year-old moved to Bayer Leverkusen, but as is the case with most loan deals, Blues owner Todd Boehly specifically requested that the lack of an option to return the permanent agreement is included in the agreement, which Hudson-Odoi says is encouraging.
He told the Daily Mail: “It’s definitely different. When a club tries to have a player [on loan], they still want this purchase option at the end of the season. Todd was saying, “Listen, we want you back here.
“You are still on the radar of being wanted by the club.
“The way he’s trying to set it up, there’s a lot of young players he’s trying to buy for the next few years. It shows he wants to integrate players into the team and help them develop. .
“It was one of those tough times where you look at yourself and say, ‘What am I doing wrong? Did I do something wrong to not even be in the team?
“I would never say anything bad about Thomas, he was a good guy, a good manager. [But] the first game of the season, it was frustrating. Any footballer who isn’t in the team would understand how frustrating that is.
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“Regular football gives you consistency and the more games you play, the more consistent you become, the more form starts to show.
“You feel fresher, you feel better, you feel like… not that you’re treated fairly, but that you have the manager’s trust to push you and kick you.
“You don’t want to be on the bench thinking, ‘Why am I not playing?’ And then it becomes weeks and weeks and the legs are rusty when you play. The most important thing is consistent football. That’s what I get here and it makes me feel better.
“Right now, playing games, the momentum kicks in and you feel refreshed: new country, whole new experience. It’s really refreshing to know that I get to play games a week. after week, enjoying and smiling!”
Hudson-Odoi also says he spoke to ex-Bayer Leverkusen starlet Kai Havertz about the move, saying: “Kai had nothing but great things to say.
“He said: ‘I developed very well here, they pushed me, they made me a better player, who I am today’.
“He was urging me to come: ‘Go and develop yourself, go and be yourself, be free. We know what you can do. Go ahead and show it consistently.”