Lampard makes Hudson-Odoi claim, Brazilian to get Chelsea deal? Lampad makes Drinkwater announcement, (Video)Chelsea debate
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Frank Lampard has told Callum Hudson-Odoi that it is down to him whether or not he wants to stay at Chelsea this summer window.
Hudson-Odoi has become one of the most talked about players at Stamford Bridge this summer, as there has been constant speculation in the media that he could leave the club and head over to the Bundesliga with Bayer Munich.
The new Chelsea boss twice took time out to speak to Hudson-Odoi before departing for the team’s pre-season tour in Japan on Tuesday, as he tried to convince the young man to seal a deal.
And now Lampard has told Hudson-Odoi that his future is in his own hands, with his current deal at Chelsea all set to expire in just 12 months time.
Lampard told Sky Sports: “There’s two things, there’s the football side which I’m completely involved in – and then making sure the contract is signed, which I’m not.
“So to say I’m confident would mean I know every side, I don’t, I leave that to the club. What I do know is that the club want Callum to sign.
“Callum knows how I feel, I’ve spoken to him. I think he can be absolutely central to this team. We all care for the players at this club, particularly the young players – it’s important I show that. Then the decision will be his and the club’s together.”
Reports have claimed Frank Lampard will have the final say on whether Willian gets a new contract at Chelsea.
The 30-year-old Brazilian has just a year remaining on his current deal and that has led to a lot of speculation that the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona are ready to swoop in and nail him down on a bargain deal.
Both clubs know that Chelsea have a policy of only offering one-year contracts to players in their 30s, which many believe to be a pretty stupid rule considering experience helps big clubs continue to win silverware and stay at the very top of the game, and are ready to take advantage if Chelsea do not convince the Brazilian that he is needed at the club.
But recent reports suggested that Shenhua are the team making the most concerted effort to sign Willian and have already contacted the Blues about a possible £17.8 million deal for the Brazilian.
And the Asian club certainly haven’t been frugal with their contract offer though, as they’re willing to pay the forward £12m a year for the next three seasons, and as an added incentive, ‘renting a flat paid for by the club, as well as two cars with drivers and a fee to be spent on plane tickets’, were included in the deal.
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Chelsea outcast Danny Drinkwater has been told by new manager Frank Lampard that there could be a way back for him at Stamford Bridge.
Drinkwater, a Premier League winner with Leicester in 2016, did not play a single minute of competitive football for Chelsea last season, with former boss Maurizio Sarri believing that he was not good enough to be included in his side last season.
And that has led to speculation in the media which has suggested that Drinkwater will be allowed to leave the club this summer, with a host of Premier League clubs reportedly interested in trying to get a deal wrapped up.
But new boss Lampard has opened the door for the 29-year-old to return to the fold and promised him a clean slate to prove his worth, especially since the Blues will be unable to buy any players over the course of the next two transfer windows.
And Lampard has promised that he will give all of Chelsea’s fringe players a chance to play their way into his team over the next month.
Lampard said on the Daily Express: “Everybody will have the opportunity to show what they can do. I will be looking at their attitude, the way they play and train, in pre-season and onwards.
“I would be a fool to come here with ideas that I’m going to freeze anybody out, I want to get the best out of the squad.
“Everybody has an opportunity. I have no pre-conceived ideas about anybody. I already have a good knowledge of the squad, but I need to see them over the next month.”
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