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Karl-Heinz Rummenige: Callum Hudson-Odoi has convinced Bayern Munich director

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenige has suggested the club will continue their pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi in the summer.

Sky Sports reports Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request at Chelsea – which was rejected – following Bayern’s fourth bid worth £35m to force through a move to the German champions.

Last month, Chelsea head coach Maurzio Sarri said Bayern’s public courting of the winger showed a lack of respect, two days after their sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the club’s interest in Hudson-Odoi.

Hudson-Odoi remains keen on a move to Bayern and the German club appear to be unwilling to miss out on the 18-year-old.

“I guess Hasan (Salihamidzic) is a bit like Uli (Hoeness),” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Goal and Spox.

“We also had transfers in the past that didn’t work at the first attempt but at the second. And that’s what we will work on now.

“To lay down a marker costs money. We want the best quality players here at Bayern and Hasan is absolutely convinced of that player.”

Bayern are set for a summer of change with Franck Ribery’s future in doubt and Arjen Robben leaving the club at the end of the season.

Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Joshua Kimmich – all aged under 24 – have been integrated into the first team over the past few years and Rummenigge is keen to further bolster the squad with youth.

“I am not worried about Bayern’s future. We already have a good team which fights for the championship and we also will be fighting for it next year,” Rummenigge said.

“We’ve already done the first rebuilding phase by integrating young players like Kimmich, Gnabry or Coman. They are doing well this season. Phase two will follow in summer and then we’ll see if we need a third phase.”

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