Maurizio Sarri has said he knows Cesc Fàbregas must leave Chelsea for the good of his career.
But speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg with Tottenham, the Blues boss insisted Callum Hudson-Odoi should stay at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri claimed the 18-year-old is ‘ready’ for big games and that he can consider Hudson-Odoi on the same level as Willian and Pedro.
Meanwhile, Fàbregas appeared to say goodbye to Chelsea after Saturday’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest. The 31-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, with reports suggesting he is close to securing a move to Monaco.
‘You know very well the situation and in our club there is a rule, the renewal for players over 30 is usually for a year. He has an offer for three years and I don’t want a very important player like Cesc to be unhappy,’ Sarri added.