Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi admits he’s relieved that Thomas Tuchel blocked him from leaving the club last summer after tasting victory in the Club World Cup.
Hudson-Odoi provided the cross from Romelu Lukaku’s opener during the 2-1 win against Palmeiras in Dubai on Saturday, helping Chelsea to complete a full set of trophies since Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003.
However, had Hudson-Odoi got his way he likely would have been watching the game from afar as the winger was keen on leaving Stamford Bridge last summer.
Hudson-Odoi was unhappy with a lack of minutes under Tuchel and Dortmund were keen on signing him, either on a loan or permanent.
But Tuchel wanted to keep the midfielder, feeling that he had a part to play in west London this term.
And, following the side’s win in the final, Hudson-Odoi admits he’s relieved he didn’t leave.
‘Big trophies like this are games you want to be involved in with a club like this,’ said Hudson-Odoi.
‘Big games, big trophies, you want to win as much as possible with a club like this. Our aim is always to win games and win as many as possible.
‘When we get the opportunity we keep pushing.
‘If I went out in the summer I wouldn’t get opportunities to play like this and enjoy the games and win trophies. So I’m really delighted that I stayed and obviously I got the opportunity to play.’
Chelsea renew their domestic campaign against Crystal Palace on Saturday as they look to secure a top-four spot.
Rivals such as Manchester United and Tottenham have both dropped points during the Blues’ absence and they remain in third place, with a six-point cushion on West Ham in fourth.