Callum Hudson-Odoi is hopeful a new deal can be agreed with Chelsea, according to BBC Sport.
Hudson-Odoi’s contract is up next summer but, following the appointment of Frank Lampard as manager, the 18-year-old now looks open to a Stamford Bridge stay after being given some encouragement from his new boss, the English outlet reports.
The Chelsea winger has attracted some serious interest from Bayern Munich (also per BBC Sport), but it seems unlikely that he will be allowed to leave this summer regardless of his contract situation after Lampard identified him as being central to his plans.
“He can be central to this team, he can be central to England, so I am going to say I want to work with him, I want to drive him forward and I want to improve him as a player,” the 41-year-old told the club’s official website.
The Lampard effect looks to be in full swing here, with a new contract for Hudson-Odoi appearing to be on the cards.
With the England international himself and Ruben Loftus-Cheek being the only two Chelsea products to make a real impact in the first-team since John Terry (recently highlighted by The Telegraph), the barrier between the club’s academy and senior squad had been there for everyone to see.
It is a barrier, however, that the Chelsea youngsters may feel is slowly disappearing after Lampard’s arrival. Juan Castillo recently put pen to paper on a new deal when it looked like he would be leaving Stamford Bridge, while Mason Mount is in discussions with the club over extending his current contract, according to the Evening Standard.
And, of course, Ruben Loftus-Cheek has already signed a new five-year contract, with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia identifying the 23-year-old as someone who will become a key player under Lampard.
Ultimately, after an era of bleakness for Chelsea’s academy products, Lampard seems to have those coming out of Cobham believing again.
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