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Bayern Munich chased Callum Hudson-Odoi pretty intensively this January, and you can be sure they’ll be back this summer.

The European giants can not only claim to be a bigger club than Chelsea historically, they can also promise him serious game-time immediately as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery reach the end of their careers, and the chance to win trophies every season.

That’s fair enough. Not since the early days of Roman’s reign have Chelsea been on the Bayern/Real/Barca level. We’ll accept that.

What’s more worrying is that apparently Borussia Dortmund have joined the race for our wonderkid. If he were to push for a move there, it would really represent how far we’ve fallen in recent seasons.

Dortmund don’t have nearly the financial clout of the trophy winning history that Bayern do, and in the recent past it would have been us buying players from them rather than the other way round.

But now they are competing in the Champions League – which we’re not. And at the top of their domestic league – which we’re not. They also provide an established pathway for young players – which we definitely don’t.

Then there are the added circumstantial factors – CHO’s old mate Jadon Sancho for one thing.

From our perspective, what matters most is whether Callum goes, his destination is less important.

But a move to the Rhineland would be a real sign of changing times at Chelsea, and a worrying omen that we’ve slipped even further back in the minds of young players working out where to make their mark in the game.

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