Chelsea latest news: Chelsea’s young stars train as they eye a chance to impress in FA Cup

Chelsea’s young stars looked in good spirits as they trained on Friday – in what represents their final chance to convince Maurizio Sarri they deserve a run-out in the FA Cup Chelsea boss Sarri is expected to make several changes for the Stamford Bridge clash against Championship side Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are among those pushing for a rare start for the Blues and they were all put through their paces at Cobham on Friday With Chelsea still fighting on four fronts, Sarri must negotiate a tough run of five matches in 17 days between Saturday’s clash with Forest and their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham That packed fixture list should give Chelsea’s young players a chance to make their case over the next couple of weeks and they certainly looked to be enjoying training on Friday The likes of Ampadu and more senior stars such as Cesc Fabregas were put through reaction exercises as well as traditional training drills Hudson-Odoi, meanwhile, has been linked with a move away from Chelsea, with Bayern Munich interested in the forward But assistant boss Gianfranco Zola insists the Blues still have much to offer the 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi has been frustrated by the lack of first-team opportunities this year He has made just one Premier League appearance this season and just six across all competitions, despite his reputation as the most promising talent to emerge from the academy in recent years I know Bayern is very interested in him, but we’re interested in him as well, said the Chelsea assistant We’ve proposed with him a contract for quite a while, so we’re waiting to see what the player thinks about that We certainly value him as a player.’I know he hasn’t played probably as much as he wanted, but this is down to the quality of the players in front of him I’ve already told the player: it’s not a waste of time.It’s a time in which you can really get better, because you are pushed to do more Get Chelsea latest news updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing

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  1. We need Costa back to Chelsea and the board should not make a mistake of selling Odoi to any club he will pose great threat to defenders in the near future

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