England legend Sir Geoff Hurst believes Callum Hudson-Odoi needs to leave Chelsea to further his career.
The teenager has not started a Premier League match for the Blues yet, despite fans persistent calls for him to be given more game time under Maurizio Sarri.
He has, however, earned his first call-up to the senior England squad under Gareth Southgate.
Hudson-Odoi is part of the Three Lions squad for the European Championship qualifying games with the Czech Republic and Montenegro this international break.
He has impressed when given minutes in the Europa League and Carabao Cup this season, but has yet to make his mark in the Premier League, with Sarri using more experienced players.
Hudson-Odoi was the subject of a number of bids from German giants Bayern Munich in the summer, but the Blues resisted offers up to £40million for him.
But Hurst expects the Bundelsliga outfit to return this summer for him, and has told Hudson-Odoi to leave Stamford Bridge.
He said: “I’m not surprised to see Callum Hudson-Odoi in the England squad because it’s consistent with what Gareth Southgate has done in his time as England manager – put faith in younger players.
“He isn’t afraid to bring in young English players who haven’t got a great deal of experience playing regularly for their clubs in the first team, and Gareth has been pushed into that because of the nature of the Premier League.
“Too many English clubs are reluctant to play young players in the league on a regular basis. Chelsea are farming out lots of young talent and when teams do that it presents a problem for Gareth Southgate.
“I wasn’t selected for England until I was proving it week in week out with West Ham, but I thought I should have been given an opportunity earlier, so it’s nice to see guys like Hudson-Odoi get the chance to prove it at a young age.
“In terms of Hudson-Odoi being linked with Bayern Munich, it makes sense and I’d look at it and think it’s an easy decision for him to make. He’s good enough for Chelsea, so if they aren’t playing him then he can go to Munich and get regular game time.
“If he’s playing for Bayern Munich and does well there, I think he’ll also give himself a better chance of becoming a regular for England than if he stays with Chelsea.
“Chelsea aren’t developing English players, given the amount they have got and the number who leave on loan and don’t get opportunities.
“It would be a lesson learnt again for rich English clubs like Chelsea if a player like Callum rejected their contract offer and moved elsewhere.”
Sir Geoff Hurst was speaking to football.london as ambassador for GrosvenorSport.com.