Hudson-Odoi extends Chelsea contract until 2024

Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi has officially signed a five-year deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The 18-year-old had been heavily linked with Bayern Munich, with the Bundesliga side reportedly placing two bids of £22million and £25m.

Lampard has been prioritising youth players since taking the job, and it is thought that Hudson-Odoi will become a first-team player once he returns from injury in the next few weeks.

His new deal commits him to the club he has trained at since the age of eight until at least 2024.

Hudson-Odoi, who made his senior England debut in a Euro 2020 qualifier March, is recovering from an Achilles injury he suffered in April.

"I see this season [with Chelsea's ambitions apparently restricted by their transfer ban] as an opportunity: for the young players, but also for me to show how I have matured and can help them".

Hudson-Odoi, now close to a return from an Achilles injury, has risen through the ranks at Chelsea since he first joined the club on schoolboy terms.

'There are issues as a younger participant that he'll wish to enhance however he could be central to this workforce and for England. As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can.

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Lampard said the academy graduate can be a "central" to Chelsea and England in the future. I'm delighted every thing has been agreed and now I'm simply wanting ahead to correctly getting again'.

"That is the opportunity in front of him now".

"For me, it is warming, knowing that the manager and the staff, plus the fans, everybody wants you to come back".

'Callum can show, right here at Chelsea, the club he came through the Academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player because I truly believe that'.

For now, the Blues manager has his wish and Hudson-Odoi sounded equally as happy to have this chapter concluded.

However, all that has changed at the start of this season under Frank Lampard with Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all regularly given their chance to shine.

This is followed by a jump across town to west London where Chelsea host Liverpool, with kick-off at 4.30pm at Stamford Bridge.

  • Lawrence Cooper