Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has urged Callum Hudson-Odoi to commit his long-term future to the club, given he will be considered as an important player under his guidance.
The 18-year-old made his breakthrough under former boss Maurizio Sarri during the previous campaign, but he had to wait until March this year in order to earn his maiden Premier League start.
Thereafter, the England international became a regular feature from the starting lineup for the Blues but unfortunately, his season was curtailed in April after sustaining a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Since then, Hudson-Odoi has been away from the action on the sidelines, but there have been doubts regarding his future which Lampard appears keen on solving in the coming weeks.
“I am not going to say things that are pie in the sky, but, with his talent, he can be central to this team, he can be central to England. He can show, right here at Chelsea, the team he came through the academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player – because I truly believe that. I will pay a lot of care and attention to Callum,” he told in a press conference covered by Metro.
Hudson-Odoi’s current deal with the Blues expires at the end of the 2019/2020 campaign and so far, he has not agreed to terms over a possible extension with the west London giants.
Still, there is a growing optimism that he will put pen-to-paper on an extended contract, and a recent report from Goal.com has claimed that he has been convinced after holding discussions with the new manager.
Chelsea recently played out their opening pre-season friendly against Bohemians which ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw. Their second game comes against St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park on Saturday.