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Media Watch: Players show their support for Callum Hudson-Odoi, Everton duo keen for Kurt Zouma to stay, Bundesliga helps Eintracht Frankfurt‘s Europa League quest

In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Premier League players come out in support of Callum Hudson-Odoi after he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Phil Jagielka hope Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma remains at Everton and the German Football League has given some help to Chelsea’s Europa League semi-final opponents Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Players send support to Hudson-Odoi

There has been plenty of support shown on social media to Callum Hudson-Odoi after the England winger suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during Monday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley.

Chelsea announced yesterday that the 19-year-old was expected to undergo surgery, with the player admitting his season is over in a Twitter posting.

‘Really gutted to end my season with a Ruptured Achilles, gotta work hard and try and come back stronger for next season!!!’ said Hudson-Odoi with accompanying emojis of a crying face, two hands held together in prayer and a large heart.

Chelsea team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta voiced his support for the youngster in a Facebook posting.

‘We are with you Callum Hudson-Odoi. #BlueFamily’ said the Spaniard with an image of himself putting his hand on Hudson-Odoi’s shoulder during Monday’s game.

Players from rival clubs have also shown their solidarity with the Chelsea winger.

‘Speedy recovery mate,’ said Leicester defender and fellow England international Harry Maguire on Twitter.

‘With u bro, a lil setback but u'll be back soon enough,’ added Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, also on Twitter.
 

Everton pair want Zouma to stay

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Phil Jagielka have told the Liverpool Echo that they want Kurt Zouma to remain with the Toffees after his impressive loan spell this season.

The Frenchman joined Everton from Chelsea on a season-long loan last summer and has proven to be a good acquisition by the Merseysiders who are eighth in the Premier League after their 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United last weekend.

With Zouma making 26 starts in the Premier League and forming an impressive partnership with Michael Keane, Everton’s players are hoping that he can remain at Goodison Park for an extended period.

‘Of course, we want to keep every good player that we've got,’ said Sigurdsson.

‘He's been fantastic for us since he came in, so hopefully he'll want to stay.

‘I'm sure the club will put a bit of pressure on him to stay, and I'm sure the boys will as well!’

Zouma’s excellent form has seen Phil Jagielka lose his starting spot but the Everton club captain is also full of praise for the France international.

‘He's been brilliant,’ said Jagielka. ‘He's come and wanted to play more games. He had a bad injury a few years ago and so for his own career and development that's what he wants.

‘He's been brilliant, and the situation with Chelsea will probably play some part with where he is next season but we'll have to wait and go from there.’

German league give Eintracht a helping hand

The German Football League (DFL) has given Eintracht Frankfurt a helping hand in their Europa League quest by moving one of their Bundesliga fixtures to help their recovery after the semi-final against Chelsea.

Eintracht are schedule to meet the Blues in Germany on May 2 and at Stamford Bridge seven days later as they attempt to become the first Germany club to win the competition since Schalke in 1997.

The latter match comes just two days before their league game against Mainz and while the DFL league has never previously moved a fixture from the penultimate round of Bundesliga matches, Goal.com reports that they are willing an exception for Eintracht.

All of the other top-flight games will still go ahead on Saturday, 11 May at 3.30pm (CEST) but the Eintracht-Mainz match will now be played on 12 May at 6pm.

Eintracht are currently fourth in the Bundesliga with three games remaining and will claim a qualification spot for next season's Champions League if they remain there at the end of the season.

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