Germany defender Rudiger reveals Hudson-Odoi as his best friend at Chelsea

Published on: 15 April 2019

Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed that his best friend at Chelsea is Ghanaian youngster Calum Hudson-Odoi. 

Rudiger disclosed he shares a lot jokes with the teenager and has many similarities with the England born winger.

'It's obvious you can know that me and him are very good,' Rudiger told Soccer AM. 'We have the same type of jokes so we're laughing a lot.

'I really like him, he's a really good guy because of course football everything nice, everything good but what matters to me is the human in there and he's a top guy.'

Rudiger has been a key player in Maurizzio Sarri's Chelsea this season, featuring 46 times already this campaign.

Meanwhile, Hudson-Odoi is gradually warming his way into the first team of the Blues after impressing in many substitute appearances.

He earned his first English call-up in the Euro 2020 qualifiers last month.

Ghanaians have got immense interest in the Chelsea youngster Hudson-Odoi even though he was born and raised in Wandsworth in Greater London.

The talented midfielder is the younger brother of non-League striker Bradley Hudson-Odoi and the the son of former Hearts of Oak and Ghana international midfielder Bismark Odoi.

Eligible for both England and Ghana, the Chelsea ace played for England at every age group from under-16 to under-19 level giving hope to the West African country that he could in future play for them because of FIFA eligibility rules.

Hudson-Odoi further cemented his silent warning that he was keen on only playing for England and was subsequently called-up by the European country’s under-21 team for the first time in March 2019.

In a dramatic turn of events, few days after his U21 call up, several injuries rocked England with a number of the senior squad players opting out.

The youngster of Ghanaian descent was subsequently called up to Gareth Southgate's England senior squad for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

The Chelsea player was clearly delighted upon receiving his maiden senior team call-up and Hudson-Odoi stated he was 'shocked' and described it as 'a dream come true'.

With the call up to the England senior national team, it ended Ghana’s hopes of capping him as FIFA rules prevent players who have played for a senior national team from switching allegiance.

Despite this, Ghana football fans follow his progress as he is still viewed as Ghanaian with his father still an icon for Accra-based giants Hearts of Oak.