CHELSEA star Ruben Loftus-Cheek has fired a warning to Maurizio Sarri over the form of Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Hudson-Odoi has been the talk of the town after Chelsea battled Bayern Munich to keep him in January.
The 18-year-old was subjected to a series of bids from the German giants, with the last totalling up to £40m.
And the youngster even handed in a transfer request but it was denied by Blues chief Marina Granovskaia.
Hudson-Odoi is desperate to play more but Sarri has been reluctant to start the forward since the window shut – denying him a perfect opportunity to flaunt his skills in the first leg of the Europa League clash with Dynamo Kyiv.
The winger did come on with around 15 minutes to go and showed everyone why he is so highly regarded.
After a brilliant ball in from Pedro, the cross found Loftus-Cheek who had broke forward.
The former Crystal Palace loanee then had the awareness to play in Hudson-Odoi, who made no mistake when firing past Denys Boyko.
However, Sarri brought the wonderkid down to earth after the match insisting that he would take four to five years before he can be called a top player.
He said: “It’s impossible to be at the top at 18. He needs to improve and then he will be at the top when he is 22 or 23.”
The two have known each other for some time after growing up in the same youth academy.
And Loftus-Cheek has told Sarri that age is just a number and that Hudson-Odoi deserves more time on the pitch.
“If he’s good enough, he’s good enough. I think the manager knows him well. He sees him in training every day and he will make the decision.
“But Callum is doing well at the minute and that’s all you can do.
“I think he is doing so well now; he just wants to play. He is young, fresh, has that momentum.
“He is scoring so when he doesn’t start and feels he should, it’s part of the game.
“I’ve told him: ‘You’re at a big club, you’re young, just keep your head focused and keep doing what you’re doing’ — like he did against Dynamo. He came on and did well.”