Pulisic, Hudson-Odoi, Sancho – The players battling for Willian’s number 10 shirt at Chelsea

Willian looks set to be on his way out of Chelsea this summer after negotiations over a new contract have stalled.

The sticking point comes down to contract length, with the Brazilian wanting a three-year deal but the Blues only willing to hand him two years.

Last summer, the Blues lost star player Eden Hazard, and Willian took on his number 10 shirt despite a lot of speculation others would take it on.

But if Willian does leave this summer, who should be the next player to inherit it?

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Christian Pulisic

Pulisic has taken on the number 22 when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund, but has never had the number 10 shirt for his club.

However, for his country he has the number 10 shirt and plays a crucial role for his country, having captained the side on several occasions.

Pulisic could push for that number as well and really make it his for the future.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi

There was a lot of talk when Callum Hudson-Odoi was close to signing a new deal that having the number 10 shirt was going to be part of his deal.

However, Willian was given the number and instead Hudson-Odoi is currently wearing number 20 for the first team.

But if Willian does move on then the 19-year-old will certainly have a claim on the shirt, and many fans would be happy to see him in it.

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Hakim Ziyech is set to join Chelsea on July 1, however it is still massively up in the air for when he might actually join due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Before the 2020/21 campaign does get under way, the Moroccan will be a Chelsea player and so will be given a new squad number.

At present, Ziyech has the number 22 with Ajax, the same number that Pulisic has got with the Blues.

Ziyech swapped that out at the beginning of the current season from the number 10, so he could…


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