Blues still working on Hudson-Odoi extension
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed discussions are still taking place over a new contract for Callum Hudson-Odoi.
It was reported at the end of July that England international Hudson-Odoi had agreed to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2024 and an announcement was then expected from the five-time Premier League champions to confirm the news.
However, the 18-year-old’s representatives are still locked in negotiations with the Blues camp over the terms of the new deal and there have been doubts as to whether an agreement will now be reached between both parties.
German champions Bayern Munich are still said to hold a strong interest in the forward and they could lodge an offer following the injury to one of their other targets, Leroy Sane, who has been ruled out for up to seven months after injuring his ACL in Manchester City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool.
The Bavarians still have until the end of August to conclude their transfer business, but it would be hard to tempt Chelsea into selling with the Premier League transfer window now closed and the club currently under a transfer ban.
Bayern were knocked back three times in January when trying to buy Hudson-Odoi, who had a transfer request rejected during that month, and it looks like the Bundesliga giants will have to wait until next summer at the earliest to land the Englishman.
The arrival of Lampard at Stamford Bridge also appears to have had an impact on the talented winger, who is said to be happy with the new appointment after becoming disillusioned under former chief Maurizio Sarri.
Hudson-Odoi is currently recovering from an Achilles tendon injury he picked up in April and the manager has confirmed he is “back out on the pitch” and “working hard on his fitness”.
Lampard also gave a positive update on contract talks at a press conference on Friday, saying: “On Callum there’s not [any news on a new contract]. The clubs are talking, we want him to stay, I want him to stay, we hope Callum stays, simple as that.”
Chelsea get their Premier League season started on Sunday when they make the trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
It is thought Lampard could hand a start to Mason Mount, who he worked with at Derby County last season, while USA international Christian Pulisic is also in contention to play.
There will also be a change in defence for the visitors, who sold Brazilian defender David Luiz to Arsenal on deadline day.