Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said he believes that Callum Hudson-Odoi can become a world-class player if he stays at the club.
The 18-year-old has one year left on his current deal with the Blues but remains locked in negotiations over an extension.
Speaking after Chelsea’s 1-1 friendly draw against Bohemians yesterday, Lampard upped his charm offensive as he looks to persuade Hudson-Odoi into committing his long-term future to the club:
“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.”
Bayern Munich are said to retain an interest in the teenager despite having a £22.5m bid rejected by the Blues earlier this summer.
There have been a number of reports that have suggested that Chelsea are confident that Hudson-Odoi will stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this season, but Lampard’s comments suggest there is still work to be done.
The winger is unlikely to take any part in pre-season due to an Achilles injury he picked at the back end of last season, but he could return at the start of the new campaign.