Willian Hopes Fulham Sign Former Chelsea Teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi
Willian, the former Chelsea winger who impressed at Fulham last season, has expressed his hope that his former teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi will join him at Craven Cottage. Hudson-Odoi, who has agreed to personal terms with Fulham, is currently the subject of interest from European clubs, and Chelsea is keen to drive up his price.
Hudson-Odoi burst onto the scene as one of the most highly-rated young players in the Premier League, attracting attention from German giants Bayern Munich. However, his career has stalled since then, and he fell out of favor at Stamford Bridge. Last season, he was sent on loan to Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga but struggled to make an impact, scoring just once in 21 appearances.
Despite his recent struggles, Fulham is eager to secure his signature this summer, and Willian believes it would be a good move for the club. He stated, “If he comes here, it would be good for us, and I hope he can come. He is a very good player.”
Willian himself had been linked with a move away from Fulham earlier in the summer but ultimately decided to stay. He had conversations with Nottingham Forest but stated that Fulham was always his first option. He enjoyed his last season at Craven Cottage and is looking forward to another successful season.
Fulham has also been sweating over the future of their manager, Marco Silva. He was offered a £40m payday to manage Saudi Arabia side Al Ahli on a two-year deal but has reportedly turned down the offer. Willian expressed his delight that Silva will be staying at Fulham, calling him a top coach and one of the best in the Premier League.
Last season, Fulham proved their doubters wrong by finishing 10th in the Premier League with 52 points. They were one of the favorites to be relegated following their promotion but exceeded expectations under Silva’s guidance.
As the transfer window nears its end, there is still plenty of speculation surrounding player movements. Manchester United could potentially rival Arsenal and Chelsea with a late swoop for Ajax star Mohammed Kudus. Meanwhile, Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane has refused to speak to a German reporter as he nears a move to Saudi Arabia.
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In conclusion, Willian’s hope for Callum Hudson-Odoi to join Fulham adds to the excitement surrounding the club’s transfer activities. With Marco Silva committing his future to the club, Fulham is looking to build on their successful season and continue to defy expectations in the Premier League.