Wantaway Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was reportedly surprised by his omission from the matchday squad for the Blues' clash with Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
After the game, which ended in utter humiliation for the visitors as the Cherries romped to a 4-0 victory, Maurizio Sarri claimed that it was not a punishment for the youngster, merely a matter of rest after his 90 minute turn against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Sunday.
However, according to SportBild journalist Tobias Altschaffl, it came as a sincere shock to the player and only reinforced his desire to quit the club for Bayern Munich.
Sarri begründetet Hudson-Odois Fehlen im Kader gestern damit, dass er „drei Tage zuvor gespielt hat“. Für den Spieler kam es überraschend. Es bestärkt CHO aber nur in seiner Meinung: er will im Sommer zum @FCBayern@SPORTBILD @BILD_Sport #fcbayern #ChelseaFC #HudsonOdoi— Tobias Altschäffl (@altobelli13) January 31, 2019
In a tweet, Altschaffl explained: "Sarri justified Hudson-Odoi's absence in the squad yesterday by saying he 'played three days earlier.' It came as a surprise to the player. However, it only reinforces CHO's opinion: He wants to join FC Bayern."
The Italian's full post-match quotes on the situation, as quoted by Goal, explained: "He was with us, he played three days ago.
"There was Willian [in the starting XI], so I had only one winger on the bench. We have four wingers, one had to be in the stands."
However, the 60-year-old's pre-match comments seemed to calling for patience from Hudson-Odoi. He declared: "Of course, he's a very great player. He will become one of the best in Europe also in another team, but he has to respect the work of the academy coaches, I think.
"We will be patient with him because he's a boy from the academy. I don't know if, at another club, people would be patient with him after five or six matches.
"It's very difficult to go to another country and adapt immediately or play very well immediately. That's a difficult situation. It's better for him to try and improve here. But that's my opinion. I may not be right."