Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to finally put pen to paper on a new deal with the club.
According to a report from the Sun, the Blues are set to announce a new five-year deal for the teenager, who was linked with a move to Bayern Munich throughout the second half of last season and into the summer.
However, Chelsea will be hoping a new deal for Hudson-Odoi will put an end to those rumours as Frank Lampard continues to put his faith in young players at Stamford Bridge, with both Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount just two of the players thriving under Lampard.
Hudson-Odoi is set to return from injury in the coming weeks after suffering a torn Achilles last season, and news of a new contract will surely be a boost to the club given how the likes of Mount and Abraham have performed so far. As per the Sun, he will sign it upon his return from injury soon and the deal is understood to be worth £100kp/w for five years.
The young winger made 21 appearances last term for the Blues including the times he came off the bench, and excelled in the Europa League as he knocked in an impressive four goals. He averaged 3.3 dribbles per game in the Europa League last season – more than anyone in the Blues’ squad is currently doing – showing the ability he has in terms of taking the game to the opposition.
German giants Bayern made a £35m bid for the young Chelsea man back in January of this year, but the Blues held firm as they insisted on keeping hold of their young talent.
That stance seems to have paid off now too, with Hudson-Odoi set to cement his future at Stamford Bridge by committing himself to a big-money long-term deal.
This is massive news for the Blues and a huge boost for manager Lampard as he looks to encourage youth in his squad. Indeed, even before the former England man took over at Stamford Bridge, he told talkSPORT (via Goal) of the player’s importance.
“Firstly, I’d love him to stay at Chelsea”, said Lampard in March.
”He needs to be doing everything to get in that team. Is he working hard and is he developing every day in training and trying to improve? I don’t know him that well but I’m sure that’s the standard at Chelsea he’s going by himself.
At a time when Chelsea can’t sign new players, having Hudson-Odoi on board for the future is like having a new signing.
If he can continue to develop as he has, then Chelsea will have a fine young player on their hands for years to come.
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