Chelsea are confident of keeping Callum Hudson-Odoi on a long-term deal after the recent statement of praise he received from Frank Lampard.
But the BBC claims that the 18-year-old will seek further assurance before really penning down a new contract agreement. His current deal is set to expire in June 2020.
Hudson-Odoi was involved in one of the biggest transfer dramas last January when Bayern Munich made him their top transfer target. Chelsea had to reject bids as high as £35m even when the player expressed a desire to leave back then.
Maurizio Sarri, thankfully, found a way to integrate the winger into his starting XI and soon erased the player’s growing concern over his game time. Lampard has already come in with an open-minded approach of giving young talents a chance in the Blues senior side.
“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 said when talking about Hudson-Odoi.
“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 – because of the contractual position he is in – to try to get him to stay, and not with any lies or any false statements to him.
“That, of course, goes to a decision between him and the club and I am not involved in the financial negotiations, but I can certainly tell him how I see it and I see him being a huge player for us.”