The Englishman was linked with a move to the Bavarians for most of the last season. It wasn’t until he was out action with an Achilles tendon injury that the rumours died down.
In the end, after the arrival of Frank Lampard, the youngster decided to stay with the Blues and signed a contract until 2024. He has started the season well under Lampard, assisting thrice from six Premier League matches thus far.
Speaking about the stories linking him to Bayern, Hudson-Odoi revealed that he was only thinking about moving to Germany after not getting enough minutes last season but chose to stay at Chelsea in the end because he wanted to be a key player at the Stamford Bridge.
Hudson Odoi on how close he came to joining Bayern: “I think I was more thinking about it. I wasn't saying I was definitely going to sign (for Bayern) or I wasn't going to sign. I was thinking about it. There were times last year where I felt a bit of frustration or times..— Chelsea News ®️ (@CFCNewsReport) November 14, 2019
“I think I was more thinking about it. I wasn't saying I was definitely going to sign (for Bayern) or I wasn't going to sign. I was thinking about it,” The Telegraph quoted him as saying.
“There were times last year where I felt a bit of frustration or times when I wanted to play more because I love the game. I was thinking, ‘what happens if I do that (go to Bayern)?' But at the same time, I thought to myself, ‘this is the club that I've been at and this is where I want to become a key player’.”
He concluded by saying that Frank Lampard made his decision easy, saying, "It took just one conversation. He said he believes in me, wants me to work hard and if I believe in myself, then things will go well for me."