Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has disclosed that club’s starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi is yet to sign a new deal with Chelsea, but admits talks have moved on “very well”.
There were reports last week that the youngster had agreed a new contract with the Stamford Bridge club throwing their supporters into frenzy.
Lampard has downplayed such contract agreements, but assured there is hope at the end of the tunnel.
His words: “I think agreed would mean signed so we’re not quite there but what’s very clear is the club are working towards that,” Lampard said. “Talks moved on very well in the last week or two but it’s not done yet.
“The one thing that’s clear to me is I want to keep him here. He’s a player we cherish.
“Players who come through the academy are the present and the future of the club so we’re doing everything we can to get there. I hope it’s news to be confirmed soon.”
During the talks, Hudson-Odoi’s representatives are said to have requested for the club’s No.10, as part of their prayers, for the player.
His is expected to sign five-year deal, which will be worth £180,000 a week.
And on the ruptured Achilles’ tendon injury, Lampard stated that Hudson-Odoi’s progress is encouraging, assuring Blues faithful that he might even be back with the first team soon.
“He’s not training with us yet but the injury is coming on well,” Lampard added.
“Ahead of schedule I get scared of saying but from the first diagnosis he’s ahead of schedule.”