In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Aidy Boothroyd is hoping to have Callum Hudson-Odoi available for the European U-21 Championship this summer, Didier Drogba reveals that he advised Mario Balotelli to join Marseille in the summer and Aston Villa’s Kortney Hause credits John Terry for his successful adaptation to a new defensive role.
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Hudson-Odoi still wanted for European U-21 Championship
Callum Hudson-Odoi may have been elevated to England’s senior squad on Monday but U-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd is hopeful that he will have the Chelsea winger back in his squad for the UEFA U-21 Championship this summer.
According to the Daily Express, the 18-year-old had little time to get to know his team-mates after reporting for U-21 duty before he was told to join Gareth Southgate’s senior side.
‘All the boys were meeting and mingling getting to know each other again and then comes a thunderbolt and he is off,’ said Boothroyd.
‘I told him ‘I’ve got some good news and bad news for you… The good news is that you have been called up by the senior team, the bad news is that you have to come back to me in the summer’.
‘We will definitely have him in the summer, touch wood.
‘He is buzzing, as you can imagine. A big smile came across his face [when I told him]. It is good.’
Boothroyd has been extremely impressed by Hudson-Odoi who has scored five times in 19 matches for the Blues this season.
‘He's a very confident young man. He is very talented, quick, direct and clever," said Boothroyd.
‘I have been very impressed with him whenever I have seen him, whether it be coming on as a sub or starting a game.
‘Wherever he goes, he is good enough in my opinion from what I have seen potentially to be a regular at whatever team he plays at.’
Drogba advised Balotelli on Marseille move
Didier Drogba has told the Ligue 1 official website that he played a part in Mario Balotelli’s recent move from Nice to Marseille, advising the Italian to take the opportunity to join his former club.
After netting 18 goals for Nice in Ligue 1 last season, the former Manchester City and Liverpool forward failed to score in the first half of the current campaign and was allowed to leave during the January transfer window.
However, the 28-year-old has rediscovered his scoring touch at the Stade Velodrome and notched five goals in his first eight games for his new club.
‘I am very happy for Balotelli, especially because we talked about it for a while before he went there,’ said Drogba., who left Marseille to join Chelsea in 2004.
‘I told him: ‘You have this opportunity, so take it, because it’s a club that will be good for you.’
‘And now Mario is really doing well. He’s started scoring again and I am happy.’
Villa defender credits Terry for successful switch
Following an injury to right-sided centre-back Tommy Elphick earlier this month, the left-footed Hause has been deployed in an unfamiliar position but has excelled in his new role, helping Villa to win three straight games to move into the top six of the Championship.
The 23-year-old revealed how the advice of Terry had been instrumental to his successful adaptation.
‘I’ve been looking at my clips with John and he’s been helping me a lot because he played on the opposite side, being right-footed playing on the left,’ Hause explained.
‘He’s helped me a lot dealing with things on and off the ball so it hasn’t been too much of a problem for me.
‘I’ve played on the left (of central defence before) on the right it is very different. To be fair, I’ve felt comfortable and I’d like to think I’m confident and comfortable on the ball.’