Frank Lampard has revealed he really hopes Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi signs a new contract to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
The 18-year-old attacker will see his current deal with the Blues expire in 2020 and there has been heavy speculation about where his future will lie.
Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are both believed to be interested in the Englishman ahead of a potential summer raid (Sun).
He’s currently starved of first-team minutes under manager Maurizio Sarri this season and is mainly having to be content with substitute cameos, but supporters are desperate for him to get more opportunities.
Chelsea legend Lampard is firmly in the camp of trying to extend Hudson-Odoi’s stay with his boyhood club and also offered some advice about breaking into the XI.
“Firstly, I’d love him to stay at Chelsea,” Lampard told talkSPORT.
“He needs to be doing everything to get in that team. I understand Chelsea fans want to see more of him and he has to do everything he can to give himself the chance of minutes.
“It’s a mad one because a young English player at Chelsea at that age then you really want him to sign that long-term contract. I hope it can be agreed that he can stay at Chelsea.”
Hudson-Odoi got a second-half appearance in the draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend and every fan is willing him on when he’s on the ball.
He’s a winger with tremendous pace and trickery, something he’s been able to show during his chances at senior level.
Most importantly he’s a goal threat too with four goals and three assists with his limited action in Sarri’s team, so deploying him from the start on Thursday against Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last-16 second leg tie could be a great way to boost his confidence.