Chelsea hopes boosted as Hudson-Odoi cools on Bayern

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi is set to make a decision on his future in the coming days, with Chelsea growing increasingly confident he will commit his future to the Stamford Bridge outfit.With Bayern Munich offering £35 million ($45.3m) to take the teenager to the Allianz Arena and with first-team opportunities hard to come by, Hudson-Odoi had been pushing for a move to the Bundesliga champions.But Goal now understands that after a run of games in the first team in early 2019 and talk of a contract in west London that would be a better illustration of his true value, he is considering remaining with his boyhood club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Blues are willing to offer Hudson-Odoi a deal worth £70,000-a-week to tempt him to stay in west London despite him only having made 13 senior appearances.Bayern now face a fight themselves to convince a player who, despite not handing in an official transfer request, saw his next move as joining them and following in the footsteps of fellow Under-17 World Cup winner Jadon Sancho in swapping the Premier League for the German top-flight.The Bavarians have even offered the 18-year-old the No.10 shirt that Arjen Robben will vacate at the end of the season, and with Franck Ribery also set to depart Bayern, Hudson-Odoi was promised a prominent role in Niko Kovac’s rebuilding job in Munich.Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea 2018-19Ahead of Bayern’s first bid for the wideman in late December he had played just 215 minutes under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri despite an encouraging pre-season that ended with him being offered a new five-year contract.That lack of game time saw him turn down the offer of committing his future to the club, but since Bayern’s interest he has become more of a regular under Sarri.He has already doubled his game time for the season in the last month, with two league appearances and a start in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham under his belt.The teenager featured off the bench in Saturday’s win over Newcastle, when the Stamford Bridge faithful greeted him with a rendition of ‘Hudson-Odoi, we want you to stay’.As a player who joined the club at the age of eight, such a show of faith from supporters could yet play a part in him deciding against a departure to the continent and remaining at Chelsea.last_img read more

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Superhero without a cape

first_imgFrom selling papads on the streets to giving free education to underprivileged students, the journey of well- known mathematician and founder of ‘Super 30 Programme’ Anand Kumar is an inspiration to many, so much so that his life has become a script for an upcoming movie, featuring Hrithik Roshan.”The career journey is not new to the world, but struggles of my personal life and the motivation to overcome them is still an unknown aspect to many,” said Anand Kumar. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was during his Graduation days that Anand received a letter from Cambridge University, United Kingdom. But unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to. “I wanted to go to Cambridge, but due to my father’s demise and other financial constraints, I had to compromise with the situation.” There was a time when Anand’s mother used to make papads at home and the two children (Anand and his brother) would roam around the streets of Patna to sell them. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”My father always inspired me to give my best in everything that I do. He always taught that ‘if you cannot do best, at least try to do something that could bring a meaningful change’. And that’s what always kept me motivated in my life,” mentioned the renowned mathematician. The idea for Anand’s biopic was conceived 8.5 years back, and the proposal was initially put forward by scriptwriter Sanjeev Datta, revealed Kumar. “Sanjeev worked on the script for almost a year and Anurag Basu was to direct this movie. However, after a while, Basu’s enthusiasm fell short and the idea was dropped.” 2.5 years back, when Biopics started ruling the box office, Sanjeev once again approached Kumar and the project was finalised with Madhu Mantena as Producer and Vikas Bahl as Director. Anand was overwhelmed when he came to know about it, but the most crucial aspect – selection of the lead actor – was yet to be finalised. “The discussion took a whole lot of time and after a long search, we finally approach Hrithik Roshan. The decision, however, was doubted by many. ‘How an actor who is said to resemble a Greek God will play a Bihari on screen’ – they would question.” “The questions were valid, but after seeing the amount of effort he has put in to get under the skin of the character, I can say that nobody could have been a better fit for this role than Hritik,” he added. Recalling his first reactions on seeing Hrithik in the character, Anand said, “When I first saw Hrithik shooting for the film, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It felt like I am standing in front of a mirror and looking at my reflection.” Concluding the interview, Anand said, “This movie will inspire young minds and fill them with motivation. To be a hero, you don’t necessarily have to be powerful. Every person who is capable of making a change for the betterment of society is a ‘hero’ according to me.” Anand’s story of struggle stands as a motivation for all the youngsters who do not have resources, but an urge to fulfill their dreams.last_img read more

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