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Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta believes that the Blues shouldn’t rush with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s development. The 18-year-old churned out an average performance against Ajax, making a couple of wrong decisions in the final third.

He recently returned from a lengthy injury lay-off in Chelsea’s last league win against Newcastle.

“We don’t have to forget that Callum is 18 years old and his progression in the last 12-15 months, with an injury in between … we have to be realistic,” Azpilicueta said.

Azpilicueta pleads Chelsea fans to have patience with Hudson-Odoi

“The way he worked for the team, the way he always showed the ability to get the ball, to dribble, not to have any fear to hide in between the full back.”

“I think Callum is a very important player for us. He’s going to be massive player in the future for Chelsea but we have to accept the progression. Still, to be 18 years old and the way he’s playing is amazing. The only way I can see is by his work rate going up and improving.”

“The players who have more experience in these games try to help the young lads,” he added. “For some of them it’s the first year in the Premier League, the first year in the Champions League, so we have to be a help for all of them, use our experience to keep them confident and make them expressing themselves the way they have been doing in the academy.”

“It is very important for them to feel confident. It is the way we are working but a lot of credit goes for them because they are good lads, they listen, they want to improve in every training session and learn from the more experienced players, the manager and the staff. It is the right way to keep improving.”

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