Chelsea have made progress in talks with Callum Hudson-Odoi with the youngster set to be offered a new long-term deal with big wages.
Chelsea’s difficult looking summer has received a much-needed boost with the news on the club’s progress in talks with Callum Hudson-Odoi. According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea are set to offer Hudson-Odoi a new five-year contract which should effectively end the speculations of a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s summer is already predicted to be a busy one. Eden Hazard headlines the departures from the club with the Belgian all set to join Real Madrid in the coming weeks. The Belgian has been a fan favourite, and the Blues’ fans are certainly unhappy as he looks set for a departure. Those at Stamford Bridge would not take another blow with the exit of Hudson-Odoi, who has shown much promise.
Chelsea had been in talks with Hudson-Odoi for the best part of six months about a new contract. There was tremendous interest in the teenager during the January window, with Bayern Munich the club to make a series of offers for the player. Chelsea somehow resisted all offers including one from the Germans worth £35 million, while Hudson-Odoi requested a transfer away from the club.
The Blues have made headway in their talks with the player. If reports are to be believed, Hudson-Odoi is set to commit his long-term future at the club by signing a five-year-contract that Chelsea have tabled. The deal is reportedly worth £100,000-a-week and certainly matches what the player has been looking at.
However, things would have been different if the player had been injury free. Hudson-Odoi suffered a long-term injury at the end of last season, which effectively put any move away from the club in serious doubt. With just a year left on his current deal at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea would be pleased to make him stay for the foreseeable future.
The past season proved to be fruitful for Hudson-Odoi. He made 24 appearances in total for Chelsea while making his first Premier League start against Brighton two months ago. His performances and promising future attracted the interest of the many clubs, which also included Manchester United and Liverpool, who were ready to move in the summer.
His displays also earned him his first and second England caps, including a start against Montenegro. He is likely to miss the start of the 2019-20 campaign due to his injury, but Chelsea remain optimistic he will be fit for the majority of next season. For now, Chelsea will be pleased with the new deal, and so would Hudson-Odoi, who, along with the Blues fans, can look forward to next season with optimism.