Newcastle United transfer target demoted to reserves amid Chelsea exit talk

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Newcastle United transfer target Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to feature for Chelsea’s reserves tonight.

Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to feature in Chelsea’s development squad for their Premier League 2 clash with Fulham tonight.

The 21-year-old has emerged as a potential target for Newcastle United this summer as they look to strengthen the attacking positions.

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Hudson-Odoi, mainly through injury, hasn’t made a Premier League appearance since January and was an unused substitute in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

The winger is short of match fitness and as a result - as per the Evening Standard - has been told to link up with Chelsea’s second string this evening alongside Carney Chukwuemeka, Ben Chilwell, Ethan Ampadu and Trevoh Chalobah.

Over the weekend, Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel failed to rule out a summer exit for Hudson-Odoi, although hopes he can learn off Raheem Sterling following his summer transfer to Stamford Bridge.

“In general, nobody is for sale and everybody is for sale,” Tuchel said.

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“It depends on what the player wants, how bad the player wants it, what we think, who is ready to pay a certain amount of money.

“Then, maybe, everybody is for sale. But for Callum, it’s the same. He competes. He had a long-term injury and long-term problems to overcome from which he suffered.

“He has still a way to go to live up to his potential, because the potential is huge.

“Having Raheem in can maybe give him the extra boost to step up and see life, what is needed in these kind of positions to reach the level that he can reach, that he wants to reach.

“But at the moment he is our player and he needs to fight, fight, fight.”

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