Chelsea’s new manager Frank Lampard has insisted that club youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is a central figure to his plans and admits they are eager to keep hold of him.
The talented English forward has had calls from German champions Bayern Munich back in January, although only making handful of appearances under former boss Maurizio Sarri.
The 18-year old still has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge, and though Bayern haven’t ended the pursuit to land the player, Lampard is eager to work with the youngster.
“Hudson-Odoi is going to be central for us on the pitch and that is the opportunity that is really in front of him now so that’s what I will speak to him about and I hope he stays.”
Lampard also believes that he’ll renew his contract with the Blues, as reports from Nizaar Kinsella suggest that Hudson-Odoi has been offered a new long-term contract of a staggering £100,000 per week.
“I am not going say things that are pie in the sky. I am not going to say: ‘This is all going to be your way’. But knowing his talent he can be central to this team, he can be central to an England team.”
“I am going to say I want to work with him, I want to drive him forward. I want to improve him as a player and he can show right here at Chelsea, the club he came through the academy at, that he is going to be an absolute world-class player – because I truly believe that.”