Chelsea legend Frank Lampard admits he would ‘love’ to see Callum Hudson-Odoi stay at Stamford Bridge but insists the youngster must continue his progress at the club.
Bayern Munich failed with four bids for the winger in January and the 18-year-old handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to the Allianz Arena.
Hudson-Odoi has less than 18 months to run on his existing deal at Stamford Bridge and the club will have little choice but to cash in if he intimates this summer that he will not sign an extension.
Lampard, though, believes Hudson-Odoi is at the best club for his development and says he’d love to see the winger stay at the club.
‘Firstly, I’d love him to stay at Chelsea,’ said Lampard. ‘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.’