Chelsea are able to breathe a sigh of relief after winger Callum Hudson-Odoi decided to sign a new contract with the club, according to the BBC. The highly-rated 18-year-old had less than 12 months on his contract and Bayern Munich have been showing tremendous interest in the player.
The fight to keep Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea has been taking place for the last year, but it seems that the arrival of Frank Lampard has done the trick. The new Chelsea manager has already played an influential role in extending the contracts of Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – two of Chelsea’s youth who have not received many opportunities in the past.
Hudson-Odoi has been able to agree a huge deal worth around £100,000 per week. If the performance-related bonuses are taken into account, the wages could go beyond £150,000 per week. This is an astronomical pay raise considering that Hudson-Odoi’s last contract was netting him a low five-figure salary. Chelsea did not think twice about paying such high wages for a player who is regarded as the best graduate from the club’s academy. Bayern were so interested in the 18-year-old that they are ready to pay £45 million in the latest and final offer.
Lampard will have to do without Hudson-Odoi for the first few months of the new 2019-20 Premier League campaign since the player is recovering from an Achilles injury suffered towards the end of last season. Hudson-Odoi is not expected to be back to full fitness until the start of October.
Unlike many of the players who seek a contract to improve their bank balance, Hudson-Odoi has been focusing only on getting more first-team football. It is understandable considering that the winger only featured in 391 minutes of Premier League football last season. Surprisingly, these figures make the most-used 18-year-old in the Premier League last season amongst the top six clubs.
Maurizio Sarri resisted the temptation to use Hudson-Odoi and endear himself more towards the supporters. It was only during the final few weeks of the campaign that Hudson-Odoi started featuring more than the first-team. The final numbers from the winger could have been even better had it not been for the injuries sustained in April while playing against Burnley. Hudson-Odoi returned with one goal and one assist in 13 games across all competitions.
The formalities of the new contract are not complete and Chelsea are yet to make a formal announcement. However, it is expected to arrive in the next few days. Hudson-Odoi has not travelled with the Chelsea squad for the tour of Asia, but his rehabilitation work has been making good progress.
It is turning out into a very positive week for Chelsea, who were unable to get a 2-1 win over Barcelona in the recent pre-season friendly. There were goals from Ross Barkley and Tammy Abraham while Ivan Rakitic claimed a late consolation for the Spanish giants.
Lampard may have been unable to sign new players in the window as part of the transfer ban, but the club has taken several big strides towards securing a positive future.