Callum Hudson-Odoi reacts to Chelsea signing Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech

Callum Hudson-Odoi has been impressed by the calibre of player Chelsea have landed this summer, even if it means more competition for places.

The 19-year-old winger hailed the likes of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech – signed from Red Bull Leipzig and Ajax respectively – as ‘top players’ and acknowledged there would be a ‘fight’ for who will command a starting spot at Stamford Bridge.

Hudson-Odoi could easily have been playing for Chelsea’s Champions League opponents Bayern Munich when the two sides face off on Saturday evening.

He was the subject of a £35million bid from the German giants before committing his long-term future to Stamford Bridge.

Despite signing a huge deal, it’s been a largely frustrating season for the England international.

He has started just seven times in the Premier League under Frank Lampard, scoring once and providing five assists and his place in the Chelsea first team will be even more at risk after new attacking recruits were added to the squad – with Kai Havertz potentially still to come in.

He has started just seven times in the Premier League under Frank Lampard, scoring once and providing five assists and his place in the Chelsea first team will be even more at risk after new attacking recruits were added to the squad – with Kai Havertz potentially still to come in.

But Hudson-Odoi insists he’s up for the fight as he looks to become a Chelsea regular ahead of the European Championship next summer.

‘We’re obviously trying to build a good team for the future, not just for now,’ Hudson-Odoi told ESPN.

‘Players that are coming in are top players and they’ve done really well at their previous clubs so hopefully they can do that here as well.

‘It doesn’t really matter if you’ve been bought or you’re at the club already or whatever it is. You’ve always got to fight for your position and show the manager, your team-mates, the fans why you should be playing every game, keep improving every day.

‘[The Euros being delayed] has helped me in a way because obviously the couple of injuries that I’ve had this year, have halted me in games and stalled a bit of my, not just game time, but playing because I’ve had injuries, come back from them, started again, restart, then [been] stop and start.

‘So this Euros being pushed back is a big help for myself in terms of like, “OK, you’ve got another whole season to prove to yourself that you are ready for the Euros, you can go there and everything will be fine – no injuries, be injury free.”‘

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