Callum Hudson-Odoi was massively linked with a transfer to the Bundesliga giants in the winter and again in the summer, with bids turned down by Chelsea for the teenager.
Speculation sounded on about the winger’s future, but he ended it when he joined a new contract in September, after having discussions with new boss Frank Lampard.
The 19-year-old committed his future to the club until 2024, and while he admits that the possible move to Bayern had him thinking, it was the right thing to do to stay at Stamford Bridge.
‘I think I was more thinking about it. I wasn’t saying I was definitely going to sign (for Bayern) or I wasn’t going to sign. I was thinking about it,’ said Hudson-Odoi.
‘There were times last year where I felt a bit of frustration or times when I wanted to play more because I love the game.
‘I was thinking, “what happens if I do that (go to Bayern)?” But at the same time, I thought to myself, “this is the club that I’ve been at and this is where I want to become a key player”.
‘I made the right decision to stay at Chelsea. I’ve been there all my life and I’ve loved the club from day one.
‘Obviously, the academy boys who have come through are playing loads of games and I’m happy to be around them. Now I just want to keep working hard for the team and achieve something with the club.’
Hudson-Odoi’s difficulties came over a lack of play time under the previous manager Maurizio Sarri, something that is not a problem under Lampard.
The new manager at the Bridge is focused on promoting the younger players in the line-up, with the likes of Reece James, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham all also benefiting from this policy.
Hudson-Odoi will have no shortage of game time this campaign as long as he performs well, while he will also have the opportunity to shine for England this week as he is in the squad to take on Montenegro and Kosovo.