Erstwhile Bayern Munich target Callum Hudson-Odoi finally did what we all knew he would do since about last May — sign a contract extension with Chelsea.
The 18-year-old phenom has inked a five-year contract extension, which will see him remain with the club through 2024. Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia told ChelseaFC.com:
Callum showed last season just what a thrilling talent he is. We are delighted he has committed to Chelsea and we are all excited about the prospect of seeing him continue to blossom in the years ahead. The club has already been rewarded this season by some brilliant performances from our young Academy graduates, and Callum’s new contract guarantees Frank has another outstanding prospect at his disposal.
Hudson-Odoi, who flirted heavily with Bayern Munich last winter, had reportedly even put in a transfer request in “hopes” of making a move to Bavaria. Chelsea, however, had no intention of letting its prized prospect go, even after he suffered an Achilles injury last Spring.
A new five-year deal for @Calteck10!— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 19, 2019
Hudson-Odoi had this to say to ChelseaFC.com after the deal was announced:
It’s an amazing feeling. It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at. I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well. As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.
Chelsea coach Frank Lampard was equally excited to be able to keep the young talent in tow for the future as he told ChelseaFC.com:
I have seen Callum come through and he’s a fantastic talent. He is going to be central for us on the pitch and that is the opportunity in front of him now. There are things as a young player that he will want to improve but he can be central to this team and for England. I want to work with him, I want to drive him forward and I want to improve him as a player. Callum can show, right here at Chelsea, the club he came through the Academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player because I truly believe that.
No financial details were released by the club, but The Guardian is reporting that Hudson-Odoi will earn £120,000 (€136,000) per week, which equates to £6.2 million (€7 million) per year.