Frank Lampard says he wants Callum Hudson-Odoi to remain a Chelsea players beyond this season.
The teenager is one of English football’s most exciting talents, but regular playing time has been hard to come by under Maurizio Sarri.
Hudson-Odoi was strongly linked with a January transfer to Bayern Munich but a move never came to fruition.
There are still rumours that the Bundesliga champions will come back in for the youngster in the summer, leaving his future up in the air.
Somebody who is desperate to see Hudson-Odoi remain a Blues player is Lampard.
The Derby County manager told talkSPORT that the winger must continue working hard on his game, earning his place at the club in the process:
Firstly, I’d love him to stay at Chelsea.
He needs to be doing everything to get in that team. Is he working hard and is he developing every day in training and trying to improve? I don’t know him that well but I’m sure that’s the standard at Chelsea he’s going by himself.
Every minute he gets on the pitch he needs to be doing everything he can.
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.
I think at the end of the season he will look back and think what can I do with my career. 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 has shone in the Europa League this season, scoring three goals in seven appearances.
With one of Willian or Pedro rumoured to be moving on at the end of the season, and Eden Hazard linked with Real Madrid, he could find himself as a key man in 2019/20.
Chelsea's 5 greatest English players of all time
A goalscoring phenomenon from the middle of the park, Lampard is one of England’s best-ever midfielders.
A true leader and all-time great centre-back, Terry led the Blues during the most successful period in their history.
The best left-back on the planet at his peak, has England ever produced a finer player in his position?
Now playing under Lampard at Derby.
Chelsea’s greatest player of the pre-Premier League era, Osgood scored 150 goals in 380 appearances.
A genuine Chelsea legend, Tambling gave 11 years of outstanding service between 1959 and 1970, scoring 202 goals.
Only Lampard (211) has scored more.
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