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Bayern Munich confirm transfer interest in Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi as Hansi Flick calls him ‘biggest talent’

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BAYERN MUNICH have confirmed Callum Hudson-Odoi is a major target as boss Hansi Flick hailed the Chelsea attacker as “one of the biggest talents”.

England ace Hudson-Odoi, 19, has been linked with a loan switch to the Champions League winners before Monday’s transfer deadline ahead of a possible permanent deal next summer.

Chelsea's England attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi has interested Bayern Munich for the past two years

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Chelsea’s England attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi has interested Bayern Munich for the past two yearsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Bayern Munich chief Hansi Flick says it is 'normal' for the Champions League winners to be keen on such a talent as Callum Hudson-Odoi

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Bayern Munich chief Hansi Flick says it is ‘normal’ for the Champions League winners to be keen on such a talent as Callum Hudson-OdoiCredit: EPA

And Flick says it is “normal” his Bundesliga kings would want such a starlet.

In fact, Bayern came close to buying the three-cap Londoner in both the past two years.

This time a £45million fee has been mentioned for the Blues‘ academy product, who played the first 83 minutes of Chelsea’s 4-0 Premier League defeat of Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Hudson-Odoi initially thrived when Frank Lampard took over as Stamford Bridge boss last summer.

But injury limited him to just 22 Premier League starts over the extended term.

Then Lampard’s summer spending spree led to fears he could slip back to the fringe role he played under previous manager Maurizio Sarri.

Quizzed over Hudson-Odoi in a press conference, Flick said: “I don’t know what will happen.

“But he is one of the biggest talents in his position. So it is normal that a club like Bayern deals with him.”

Hudson-Odoi’s ability to roam across the frontline, especially down either flank, appeals to the Bundesliga champions.

In contrast, the arrivals of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner have limited his hopes of a first whole campaign as a Chelsea regular.



Frank Lampard admits he has been playing Chelsea new boys Havertz and Werner out of position due to injuries in squad

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Jeremy Stephens injured and OUT of UFC Vegas 13 clash with Brit Arnold Allen on November 7 with new opponent in works

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JEREMY STEPHENS has reportedly been forced out of the UFC Vegas 13 event next month.

The 34-year-old featherweight was due to compete against English prodigy Arnold ‘Almighty’ Allen.

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Jeremy Stephens has been forced out of UFC Vegas 13 with an unknown injuryCredit: Getty
English featherweight prodigy Arnold Allen is now looking for a new opponent next month

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English featherweight prodigy Arnold Allen is now looking for a new opponent next monthCredit: Getty

Now MMA Junkie states he has been pulled from the card on November 7 due to an unknown injury.

Ipswich-born Allen is still expected to fight in Sin City.

UFC officials are believed to be searching for a replacement for him to face.

The rising star (16-1-0) already has a number of impressive victories on his CV.

He has won seven already under UFC’s banner with wins coming over Makwan Amirkhani, Mads Burnell, Gilbert Melendez and Nik Lentz. 

Allen goes into the event in fine form after embarking on a nine fight winning streak.

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He has not been beaten in over six years.

Allen is currently ranked ninth in the featherweight division.

He has competed 17 times as a professional MMA fighter, with eight of those going the distance.

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Khabib vs Gaethje: Round by Round – UFC Legend retires after destroying opponent

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UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov didn’t want to hurt Justin Gaethje by breaking his arm in front of parents

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Khabib Nurmagomedov showed incredible mercy in the heat of his fight with Justing Gaethje as he did not want to hurt the American in front of his parents, according to Daniel Cormier. 

Gaethje had the UFC fly out his mother and father especially for the UFC 254 showdown on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi as it was the culmination of years of hard work they’d supported. 

And Cormier, who is a close friend and former team-mates of Khabib, says the Russian told him he would not inflict unnecessary pain in front of Carolina and John Ray Gaethje, believing their son would be too stubborn to tap out. 

Khabib Nurmagomedov had an armbar but decided he did not want to try and break it

Khabib Nurmagomedov had an armbar but decided he did not want to try and break it

Khabib Nurmagomedov had an armbar but decided he did not want to try and break it 

Khabib told Daniel Cormier he wouldn't hurt Gaethje in front of parents Carolina and John Ray

Khabib told Daniel Cormier he wouldn't hurt Gaethje in front of parents Carolina and John Ray

Khabib told Daniel Cormier he wouldn’t hurt Gaethje in front of parents Carolina and John Ray

Earlier in the fight, having taken the No 1 contender down, Khabib was in position for an armbar but the first round ended to interrupt him. 

He thought Gaethje may well allow him to break the arm before submitting so Khabib transitioned into a triangle choke in the second round.   

Cormier explained on ‘DC & Helwani’: ‘He [Khabib] told me when he was watching interviews over the course of the week, he saw that Justin said he would never tap.

‘So when he was going to the submission, he said it was his dad’s favourite submission, get into the mount position, go into the armbar and then the triangle.

‘When he got there, he was going to do the armbar but had heard Justin all week say that he wouldn’t tap and he didn’t want to hurt him in front of his parents.

Ultimately Gaethje tapped out anyway but the referee missed it and he went to sleep

Ultimately Gaethje tapped out anyway but the referee missed it and he went to sleep

Ultimately Gaethje tapped out anyway but the referee missed it and he went to sleep 

‘So he went for the triangle and kind of put him to sleep.’

Cormier continued: ‘I promise you, he actually told me that.

‘He goes I didn’t wanna hurt him in front of his parents so I said if I put him in the triangle and if he goes to sleep, he’ll go to sleep get up and be fine. 

‘That’s exactly what he told me, crazy right?

‘He didn’t wanna break his arm because if Justin isn’t gonna tap, you’ve got to break it and he didn’t want to do that in front of his mom and dad.’

Gaethje did in fact tap out in the end but the referee missed it and he was choked out unconscious. 

If true as Daniel Cormier insists, it was a remarkable show of sportsmanship by Khabib

If true as Daniel Cormier insists, it was a remarkable show of sportsmanship by Khabib

If true as Daniel Cormier insists, it was a remarkable show of sportsmanship by Khabib

Khabib is the only man to have won three successive title fights by different submissions

Khabib is the only man to have won three successive title fights by different submissions

Khabib is the only man to have won three successive title fights by different submissions

Khabib has always been a respectful fighter but if true, his thinking behind moving to a triangle rather than breaking Gaethje’s arm is a remarkable act of sportsmanship. 

The Dagestani fighter announced his shock retirement from MMA after his win having conquered the division’s top contenders and moved to 29-0. 

He promised his mother he would no longer fight on after this encounter without his late father Abdulmanap present. Abdulmanap died following complications after contracting coronavirus earlier this year. 

Khabib banked £4.6m as a fight purse and will take home even more when it comes to bonuses and a share of the pay-per-view figures. 

Khabib came into the fight off the back of a nasty foot injury and even had mumps

Khabib came into the fight off the back of a nasty foot injury and even had mumps

Khabib came into the fight off the back of a nasty foot injury and even had mumps 

Daniel Cormier, who has also retired, gave insight into Khabib's thinking before the fight

Daniel Cormier, who has also retired, gave insight into Khabib's thinking before the fight

Daniel Cormier, who has also retired, gave insight into Khabib’s thinking before the fight 

To make his victory even more impressive, UFC president Dana White revealed after the contest that the champion had endured a dreadful camp.  

‘What this guy’s been through, we’re all lucky that we got to see him fight tonight,’ White said at the post-fight press conference.  

‘And I’m hearing rumours of other things that I didn’t know about that you guys will hear about when he comes out later. Apparently, he was in the hospital. He broke his foot. Three weeks ago.

‘He has two broken toes and a bone in his foot that’s broken, or something like that. That’s what his corner was telling me. He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet and he’s the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.’ 

The Russian called time on his incredible career having defended his belt with ease

The Russian called time on his incredible career having defended his belt with ease

The Russian called time on his incredible career having defended his belt with ease 

Khabib stunned MMA fans and even his own head coach Javier Mendez with his retirement announcement afterwards. 

Along with the promise to his mother, he cited media obligations, cutting weight and draining training as reasons for his exit from the sport in his prime. He had been tipped to have a megafight with Georges St-Pierre, another legend many consider to be the greatest of all time. 

But that dream scenario for fans will no longer go ahead with Khabib walking away at the top of his game.  

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[Six Nations]: Ollie Lawrence could make England debut this weekend against Italy

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Ollie Lawrence has emerged as a rookie candidate to start for England in their Six Nations decider against Italy in Rome on Saturday, as Eddie Jones ponders a major midfield overhaul.

The 21-year-old Worcester centre appears to be in contention to make his Test debut at the Stadio Olimpico, in the absence of two stalwarts of the back line.

Jones confirmed yesterday that fly-half George Ford will not be available as he recovers from an achilles injury, while Manu Tuilagi is out for months after suffering a tear to the same part of his leg.

Ollie Lawrence is in contention to make his England debut against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico

Ollie Lawrence is in contention to make his England debut against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico

Ollie Lawrence is in contention to make his England debut against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico

For so long, England’s 10-12-13 axis was in a permanent state of flux, but the endless rotations in that area had given way to a period of stability.

In the national team’s last 10 Tests, Ford, captain Owen Farrell and Tuilagi had started together eight times. 

But now Jones is gearing up to make enforced changes for a match which England need to win with a bonus point to have any chance of claiming the championship title.

Youngster Lawrence has repeatedly demonstrated explosive power while catching the eye with Worcester and now appears to be regarded as someone who could deputise for Tuilagi as a destructive carrier who can off-load.

Judging by Jones’ comments yesterday, after naming a 36-man squad, the newcomer may even be in his thoughts for a starting role at inside centre on the basis that Farrell is likely to revert to fly-half in the absence of Ford.

He described Lawrence as a ‘player of great potential’ and when asked which centre position he regards as a natural fit for him, Jones said: ‘We were having a selection debate about the need for a passing 12. 

George Ford and Manu Tuilagi are England's biggest absentees as they to win the Six Nations

George Ford and Manu Tuilagi are England's biggest absentees as they to win the Six Nations

George Ford and Manu Tuilagi are England’s biggest absentees as they to win the Six Nations

‘I’d been watching a game that involved Jimmy Gopperth — a 10 who plays 12. So I asked our analyst to go away and look at how many times Jimmy passed to Malakai Fekitoa. It was zero. Very rarely do you see the passing sequence 10 to 12 to 13.

‘The romantics want to see that. I’ve come from a background where we would normally play a 10 at 12 and I would still like to have that in the team. But the notion that 12 passes to 13 is very rarely seen.

‘Watch the next game and see how many times it happens.

Captain Owen Farrell is likely to take to the field since his sending-off last month for Saracens

Captain Owen Farrell is likely to take to the field since his sending-off last month for Saracens

Captain Owen Farrell is likely to take to the field since his sending-off last month for Saracens

‘Basically centres, particularly with rush defence, are now running players — running backs. Their opportunity to pass is very rare but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be good passers.

‘If you pass the ball three times now, generally speaking you are going to have the defence on top of you. The ability to get a fourth pass in is very difficult. 

‘You’ll see that most rugby, now, is one-pass rugby. You’ve only got 20 per cent for two or three passes. You don’t have to be Einstein to work out it doesn’t happen very often.

Joe Cokanasiga could also face the Italians after spending 11 months out with a knee injury

Joe Cokanasiga could also face the Italians after spending 11 months out with a knee injury

Joe Cokanasiga could also face the Italians after spending 11 months out with a knee injury

‘We’ll have to juggle things around and play slightly differently. We want to make sure we stay ahead of the game and we are trying to think of ways we can break down rush defences.’

If Jones is weighing up a power runner at 12, Lawrence would fit the bill — although it depends in part on the make-up of England’s back row and whether the recalled Joe Cokanasiga, Bath’s giant, Fiji-born wing, might be unleashed out wide.

The man in charge knows he needs enough carriers who can bust through the gainline and, without Tuilagi, he has a deficit in that regard.

Jacob Umaga is another new boy who has been rewarded after a strong Premiership season

Jacob Umaga is another new boy who has been rewarded after a strong Premiership season

Jacob Umaga is another new boy who has been rewarded after a strong Premiership season

There was some speculation yesterday that Wasps’ young playmaker Jacob Umaga could be pitched in to start at 10. But far more likely is that Farrell lines up there for his first appearance since being banned for a high tackle early last month.

The skipper may be short of game-time but Jones is not fazed in the slightest, saying: ‘He is the most professional player I have seen.

‘He is dedicated to his profession and works hard. I don’t know how many times Jonny Wilkinson has been in to do kicking with him. He is a guy that has this unbelievable desire to win.

Jones has earmarked Northampton's George Furbank as a future No 10 replacement for Farrell

Jones has earmarked Northampton's George Furbank as a future No 10 replacement for Farrell

Jones has earmarked Northampton’s George Furbank as a future No 10 replacement for Farrell 

‘He wants to play for England, he wants to be the best captain we have had and he wants to be the best 10 we have had, or best 12. Wherever he gets selected, he doesn’t mind.’

Jones was in trademark form yesterday — bluntly refusing to explain the omission of influential Exeter brothers Sam and Joe Simmonds while claiming that he sees struggling Northampton full back George Furbank as a potential Test No 10.

Predictably, he sought to play down the hype around Wasps flanker Jack Willis by arguing that he has much to prove in England training before he can be considered for a debut. That doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t happen, though.

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