Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea Reportedly Agree to New 5-Year Contract

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IIJuly 23, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Burnley FC at Stamford Bridge on April 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images)
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Callum Hudson-Odoi has reportedly committed his future to Chelsea and agreed to a new five-year contract to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The 18-year-old is one of the club's most promising youngsters and will earn more than £100,000 a week on his new deal, according to Alistair Magowan at BBC Sport.

Hudson-Odoi enjoyed a breakthrough season under manager Maurizio Sarri last time out, making 24 appearances in all competitions and scoring five times before his campaign was ended by an Achilles injury.

However, Hudson-Odoi had to wait until April to make his first Premier League start for the club.

His frustration with a perceived lack of playing time saw him submit a transfer request during the January transfer window in a bid to force through a move to Bayern Munich, per Dominic Fifield at the Guardian.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the club were interested in the forward:

A move failed to materialise during the January transfer window, but Bayern renewed their interest in the summer despite Hudson-Odoi's serious injury.

Chelsea rejected a bid of £22.5 million from Bayern in June, according to Gary Jacob at The Times.

New manager Frank Lampard made it clear he wants Hudson-Odoi to stay:

The 41-year-old appears to have gotten his wish in what will be a big boost to Chelsea ahead of the new season.

The club are unable to bring in fresh talent during the summer transfer window due to a transfer ban.

They have also lost star man Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, while on-loan striker Gonzalo Higuain has returned to Juventus.

Hudson-Odoi showed last season he has the potential to become a key player in attack for the Blues.

His performances saw him called up to the England squad for the first time in March, and he made his debut as a substitute in a 5–0 UEFA European Championship qualifying win over the Czech Republic:

A promising season for the teenager ended on a sour note after he was forced to undergo surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in a 2-2 draw against Burnley in April. 

However, he has posted a positive message regarding his recovery in June:

Chelsea will be eager to get Hudson-Odoi back from injury and returned to the team quickly. Lampard looks ready to give his young players a chance to shine, which could allow the teenager to thrive at Stamford Bridge.

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