Thomas Tuchel said there was ‘no chance’ he would’ve allowed Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsea and join Borussia Dortmund on loan.
The 20-year-old has struggled to secure a regular role in the team since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January and had been open to the prospect of leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Dortmund, who sold Jadon Sancho to Manchester United earlier this summer, had made an approach in the closing stages of the transfer window and were keen to sign the Chelsea winger on loan.
But Tuchel says he was adamant about keeping Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea and has urged the midfielder to ‘overcome the gap between training and games’ after he started at right wing-back in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
When asked about blocking Hudson-Odoi’s potential move to Dortmund, Tuchel said: ‘We have spoken. It was a very easy decision for me to make on the last day of the transfer period. We cannot let a player who is in the 18, 19 man squad leave.
He is able to play as a right wing-back, a left wing-back in the two No.10 positions. He knows the group, we know him very well. There was no chance to say yes on the last day.
For him personally, it may have been a good opportunity but for us and our targets that we want to achieve, it was simply impossible. It was an easy one for me actually.
‘Callum has to overcome the gap between training and games. I see a stronger Callum every day in training and he needs to overcome this gap and show this kind of determination that he shows in training.
‘If he gets minutes, it’s never a gift. Nobody gets gifts because we take maybe hard decisions like for Callum not to let him go [on loan