The Blues are said to be on the verge of making an announcement about the new contract for Callum Hudson-Odoi, who recently played after suffering from an injury.
The youngster returned to action for Chelsea’s Under-23’s last Friday night against Brighton Under 23-s. Hudson-Odoi ruptured his Achilles tendon back in April, when they played against Burnley. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Last Friday, the winger played 61 minutes and made an assist for the Blues wherein they edged Brighton 2-1.
Hudson-Odoi had been on the radar of some giant clubs, especially in the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich have been keen on the teenager but the Blues held on as the Premier League giant is being slapped with a transfer ban. Hudson-Odoi had been trying to make a move away from Stamford Bridge after he became frustrated over lack of game-time. The arrival of Chelsea’s new manager, Frank Lampard, boosted his hopes of getting a place in the first team.
‘Callum has been training with us for a while but there are still issues that we need to make sure are okay with the injury itself, in terms of the strength and where the injury is. ‘He’ll need to get match fit, which is why these games [for the Under-23s] are really beneficial for him,’ Lampard said.
For Hudson-Odoi’s loyalty and stellar performance, the bosses at Stamford Bridge are set to reward the youngster with a new contract. According to reports, Hudson-Odoi will earn £100,000 a week for the next five years.
The 18-year-old winger will eventually be part of the club’s young English revolution. 11 of the Premier League goals this season have been scored courtesy of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, all English players and aged 21 and below.
The three players scored against Wolves at Molineux, with Abraham scoring his first hat-trick for the Blues.