Academy graduate expected to commit his long-term future

It is being reported this evening that Callum Hudson-Odoi has finally ‘agreed’ a brand new, long-term contract with Chelsea, which should be an end to all doubts surrounding his future.

The Blues academy graduate has been in advanced talks with his boyhood club for months now over a five-year deal, which is supposed to be worth in-excess of £100,000-per-week.

And it appears that the impasse between Callum’s representatives and the club – most notably Club Director Marina Granovskaia – has come to an end, with Hudson-Odoi informing Chelsea that they are happy with the terms that have been discussed.

Once all legalities has been completed, the England international winger – who is currently recovering from an achilles tendon injury – will commit his future to Chelsea until at least 2024.

If confirmed as true, the news will come as a huge boost to Head Coach Frank Lampard, who has made no secret of his desire to keep Hudson-Odoi at the club as he sees him as central to his long-term plans.

Hudson-Odoi’s future had looked uncertain, with his current contract due to expire at the end of this coming season. This included a transfer request from the youngster that he handed to the club back in January over a lack of playing time, with Bundesliga side Bayern Munich showing serious interest via numerous bids, which were all rejected.

But it now appears that the change in philosophy at the club, mainly to show more trust in the academy and the club’s youngsters who are involved and on the cusp of the first-team, has played a key role in Hudson-Odoi deciding to stay.

Terry Sazio

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