Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is grateful to manager Thomas Tuchel for blocking his departure last summer.
Borussia Dortmund came knocking for the winger on transfer deadline day in September. But Tuchel knocked back the bid and insisted Hudson-Odoi would get more chances in the starting XI.
Hudson-Odoi assisted Romelu Lukaku for the opening goal of the game as Chelsea beat Palmeiras 2-1 to win the Club World Cup
And speaking after getting his hands on the trophy, Hudson-Odoi expressed his relief that he stayed in West London.
He said: “Big trophies like this are games you want to be involved in with a club like this.
“Big games, big trophies, you want to win as much as possible with a club like this.
“Our aim is always to win games and win as many as possible.
“When we get the opportunity we keep pushing.
“If I went out in the summer I wouldn’t get opportunities to play like this and enjoy the games and win trophies.
“So I’m really delighted that I stayed and obviously I got the opportunity to play.”
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