In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, a Chelsea legend shares his thoughts on one of our brightest young stars.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Zola sees Hudson-Odoi’s huge potential
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola believes Callum Hudson-Odoi has plenty to offer the Blues despite the strong competition for places at Stamford Bridge this season, goal.com reports.
Having worked with Hudson-Odoi during his season as an assistant coach at Chelsea in 2018/19, the Italian sees huge potential in the 19-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract with the Blues in 2019.
‘When you are talking about a young player you are talking about how good he is and how good he can become and certainly Callum is one of those players who has huge potential,’ said Zola to Sky Sports.
‘It will be down to him to keep working and improving but in my opinion, he has a bright future ahead of him because he has qualities not many players have.
‘Now it is down to him to use those qualities in the best way. You don’t have to just work on your game, you have to work on yourself. This is the last step to becoming a big, big player.’
Ruben looks to get back to his best at Fulham
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has told Fulham’s official website he is keen to rediscover his best form with our west London neighbours after completing his transfer-deadline loan move.
The 24-year-old was out of action for Chelsea for over a year after suffering an Achilles injury in May 2019 and hopes the short move to Craven Cottage will give him the game time he needs to get back to his best level under manager and former Chelsea midfielder Scott Parker.
‘I’m really happy to come next door, if you will!’ said the England international midfielder.
‘I watched Fulham at the start of the season and they looked like they’re playing decent football. With this manager, I think I can get back to my best football.
‘That’s the main thing for me, to find my form and help this team win games.’
Fulham’s director of football operations Tony Khan feels the signing of Loftus-Cheek can help his side in their battle for survival after a tough start which has yielded no points from the first four Premier League games.
‘Ruben is a world-class player in the prime of his career, he has earned great experience in the Premier League, and we believe he will be so valuable to our club in our fight ahead of us,’ he said.
Boga cleared of coronavirus
Former Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga has revealed he has finally recovered from coronavirus infection more than a month after he first contracted it, goal.com reports.
Sassuolo revealed on 21 August that the 23-year-old had been diagnosed with the deadly disease and he has been in quarantine since then, missing the Serie A club’s first three games of the season.
However, he now appears eager to return to action after testing negative for it.
‘Hi Guys, the virus is now behind me! Can't wait to go back to the camps with the group. Take care of yourself,’ Boga posted on Twitter.
Prior to his coronavirus diagnosis, Boga had been a reported transfer target for a number of clubs including Napoli, Roma and Crystal Palace.
Boga scored 11 goals and provided four assists in 34 Serie A appearances last season as Sassuolo finished in eighth place.