Maurizio Sarri confirmed after tonight's friendly against Arsenal that Callum Hudson-Odoi will be a member of his squad for the forthcoming campaign.
The 17-year-old produced another excellent performance showcasing his speed, skill and vision, and Sarri spoke about him after the 1-1 draw.
'He will stay with us for all the season,' Sarri said. 'He is a very young player. We have to wait. In the future he will be a very, very strong player.'
Assessing the game as a whole, Sarri explained why he was 'very happy' with our performance
'We had our first training on 16 July. We were late compared to Arsenal's physical condition. We did very well in the first half. We made a mistake in the last minute, but I’m really happy with the performance.'
Asked about Alvaro Morata, Sarri said the birth of his twins on Saturday might have had an impact
'I don’t know if he is not confident. Maybe he was tired. The last three days for him were very intense, so maybe this match he was a bit tired. I am not worried about Morata.'
Sarri said he wants to speak to Willian about his late return, and he was also asked about the futures of Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois
'I will see them on Saturday for the first time, so I don’t know the situation in this moment. There is no news. We are talking about top players, and every club wants to keep their top players. We are trying to do it.'
Sarri looked ahead to Wembley on Sunday
'The starting XI today is very near to the starting XI in the Community Shield.'