Chelsea director Granovskaia: Hudson-Odoi deserves new contract

Callum Hudson-Odoi who has signed a new contract scores for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Hudson-Odoi was named Chelsea's young player of the year last season

Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi has officially signed a five-year deal with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The 18-year-old winger's future had been the subject of much speculation, with Bayern Munich strongly linked to the youngster before he agreed fresh terms.

Speaking after penning the deal, Hudson-Odoi said, 'It's an wonderful feeling.

"We are all happy I think because the manager has come in, he used to be a great player himself at the club, and now he has come in and we all give respect to what he has done for the club before". The club worked hard with him and he worked hard to get into the first team.for me it felt that it's what everybody wanted.

"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", the London native said in a statement.

Frustration at a lack of first-team appearances under Maurizio Sarri prompted Hudson-Odoi to seek a transfer to Bayern in January but he subsequently played more matches and was encouraged by the appointment of Frank Lampard as head coach last summer.

"That is the opportunity in front of him now".

He told Chelsea's official website: "I've been thinking for a while what it would be like to be playing for Chelsea for the next five years and how everything might go, especially now Frank is here as the manager".

'There are issues as a younger participant that he'll wish to enhance however he could be central to this workforce and for England. I want to work with him, I want to drive him forward and I want to improve him as a player.

England manager Gareth Southgate handed Hudson-Odoi his first senior worldwide cap against Czech Republic in March.

It is quite a turn around from eight months ago, when there were predictions Hudson-Odoi would lead an exodus of young talent who were fed up of never getting a chance.

Simply put, a new contract for Callum Hudson-Odoi means the club is now leaning towards youth and are ready to embrace their academy products. It would also potentially save the club of coughing out huge money on players, with the acquisition of Alvaro Morata back then still looking like a sour move, looking back at it.

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