Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has called upon Callum Hudson-Odoi to sign a new deal with the club amid renewed interest from Bayern Munich. Hudson-Odoi continues to be the main talking point at Cobham. His undoubted talent has left many at Chelsea amazed, but the club also have a huge battle on their hands to keep the 18-year-old beyond the campaign.
Hudson-Odoi was not part of the Chelsea squad of 24, who travelled to Japan for a string of friendlies. Still, however, Lampard could not refrain yourself from committing about the 18-year-old England international. According to Sky Sports, he said:
“With Callum, of course, I want him to sign [a new deal] and stay here.
“I said that before I came here – just talking generally – and I said it when I first got here. He is a player that came through the academy, he is a player that can be a big player for Chelsea and for England.
“We – as a club, for sure – want him to stay.”
Hudson-Odoi’s contract runs out at the end of the campaign and Bayern are waiting on the wings to add the younger England starlet as a potential replacement for either Arjen Robben or Franck Ribery. Only recently, it emerged that Hudson-Odoi was finally close to making a U-turn – the 18-year-old handed a transfer request back in January. The change of plans may have come about due to the appointment of Lampard, who is expected to favour the youth and to promote from within.
Since his appointment, Lampard has already been able to offer contracts to 2 young players who could play a starring role in the forthcoming campaign. Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have both signed five-year contracts with the club even if they already had a number of years left on the cover.
Bayern Munich came up with an initial summer offer of £22 million for the winger only a few weeks ago. This fourth bid from the Germans was also rejected by Chelsea. This time around, the Germans have sensed and have up the ante with a £45 million offer. The Bavarians are clearly not about to admit defeat, but Lampard has been actively trying to persuade Hudson-Odoi to change his decision.
A few weeks ago, Hudson-Odoi appeared very close to signing the new contract, which would see his wages jumped to a whopping £100,000 week. Yet, the player has so far refused to sign since money has never been object. He has mostly been worried about playing time. The exit of Eden Hazard should be a major step in the right direction for Lampard to allow more playing time for Hudson-Odoi, who likes to come in from the left. For most of his appearances last season, Hudson-Odoi was playing on the right since the left was occupied by Hazard.
Even though Lampard did not come through the ranks at Chelsea, the midfielder achieved legendary status for more than a decade of consistent and impeccable service. The club’s youth academy is likely to receive a major boost when it comes to having Lampard at the helm.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s highly-rated youngster Ethan Ampadu will be leaving the club on a loan deal before the end of this window. The 18-year-old did not travel to Japan for pre-season. Interestingly, Lampard tried to sign the 18-year-old when he was at Derby last season.
The new season for Chelsea starts with an away game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 11.