Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that Callum Hudson-Odoi can be central for both the team and England, and insists the club should reject the approach from Bayern Munich.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, handed in a transfer request in January, in a bid to force a move away from the Stamford bridge. However, the request was rejected, and the winger was forced to remain at the club, as contract talks continued.
The 18-year-old is believed to be concerned over his lack of playing time, and would have definitely left had Maurizio Sarri remained at the club.
Chelsea have done the hard job all winter, rejecting three bids for the winger from Bayern Munich. The English international has 12 months left on his contract with Chelsea, and new manager Frank Lampard believes the player could be world-class, and have urged the club to keep him.
“I am not going to say things that are pie in the sky but, with his talent, he can be central to this team, he can be central to England,’ said Lampard.
“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.”
Should Chelsea succeed in keeping Callum Hudson-Odoi beyond the summer, then the next 12 months will be crucial to determining whether the winger will leave as a free agent, or contract on a long term deal with the club.
However, With Chelsea serving a two-window transfer ban, Lampard will turn to the young players, and Callum Hudson-Odoi is likely to get more opportunities, when he completely recovers from an Achilles injury he suffered last season.