Frank Lampard was just announced as Chelsea’s new manager earlier this week and per a new report from SPOX, he has allegedly convinced Hudson-Odoi to sign a contract extension after a personal conversation with the youngster. Additionally, Chelsea recently rejected a €25m offer from Bayern.
SPOX report that Hudson-Odoi’s contract extension would see him earn £100,000 per week, approximately €5.8m per year. His current contract with Chelsea expires at the end of next season; the extension he is set to sign is understood to be long-term. Lampard reportedly sees Hudson-Odoi as a big part of Chelsea’s long term future, especially given the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer.
The fresh optimism surrounding a new contract for Hudson-Odoi follows caps off a great week for Chelsea. Christian Pulisic officially became a Chelsea player as of July 1st, they bought Mateo Kovacic on a permanent deal from Real Madrid, Lampard was announced as the new manager, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek signed a five-year contract extension.
Although Hudson-Odoi might not feature until the late fall because of his Achilles tendon rehab, Lampard made it clear in his opening press conference in debut press conference (via Sky Sports) that he wants everyone in the squad to be involved and wants to give everyone an opportunity:
Everybody who joins up [for pre-season], and it will be staggered, will have the opportunity to show what they can do, their attitude, the way they play and train in pre-season onwards. I would be a fool to come here with ideas about “I’m going to freeze anybody out.” I want to get the best out of the squad. Everybody has an opportunity. I have no pre-conceived ideas about anybody, I have got good knowledge of the squad but I need to see them over the next month.
It’s clear that Lampard really wants to take a good look at the squad to see how they work together and who stands out above the rest. It is unfortunate for Hudson-Odoi, since he won’t be able to resume full team training for a few months, but it seems that Lampard has sold him on the fact that he sees him as a big asset for the club moving forward, at least to the point where that prospect seems more attractive to him than a move to Bayern.