Saturday, November 16, 2019

Hudson-Odoi spoke to Lampard before snubbing Bayern.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed that one chat with Frank Lampard was all it took for him to end exit talk at Chelsea and commit to a new long-term contract.

Speculation regarding the promising winger’s future raged for some time before an extension at Stamford Bridge was agreed.

German giants Bayern Munich were leading the chase for the 19-year-old forward, with the Bundesliga champions hoping to take advantage of the youngster’s lack of game time in England.

Hudson-Odoi was, however, able to earn favour under Maurizio Sarri and is back in contention after shaking off an Achilles injury and seeing Lampard take the reins.

A Blues legend played a major role in convincing him to stay put, with the decision quickly taken to shun interest from Bayern and any other suitors.
Asked how many conversations he had with a new boss before signing a five-year deal in September, Hudson-Odoi told reporters: "One.

"I can't say exactly what he said but he just said he believes in me, he wants me to work hard and if I believe in myself then he believes in me and things will go well for me at this club.

"He wants me to play for him. They were encouraging signs for me that you want to hear from a manager, that he believes in you and he has faith in you, that you can become a good player and achieve a lot of stuff at the club.

"I was excited. It was exciting times that a new manager was coming in and also you know that he will play at least some of the youth boys as well.
"So it's good to know that you are going to play with some of the players from before.

"I said from the start that I made the right decision to stay at Chelsea. I've been there all my life. I've loved the club from day one."
Frank Lampard Chelsea 2019-20

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