Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has spoken of his role in convincing Callum Hudson-Odoi to sign a new contract.
Lampard was understandably delighted Hudson-Odoi’s future has been decided, and in his Cobham press conference he explained what role he had in the process.
“As soon as I got the job I made contact with him to make him aware I want him to be part of the plans,” said Lampard.
“The only conversations I had with him were not persuasion, it was how I see it at the club. He’s a young lad who has come through the Academy here. The club has worked hard with him. He has worked hard to get one foot in the first team.
“Then it was away from me slightly in terms of the club dealing with the contract itself, but I wanted to make it clear I wanted him at the club because I believe in his talent.
“Now the five-year contract is signed is when the hard work really starts for him. He has got everything in front of him. We know the talent he has, he has shown his talent on occasions when he has had his opportunity, but I think there is a lot more. It’s pure hard work getting there.”