Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi

Lampard discusses Hudson-Odoi future and confirms Mason Mount will be ‘first team squad’

Frank Lampard is still hopeful that Callum Hudson-Odoi will commit his long-term future to Chelsea, with the Blues boss confirming Mason Mount will be part of his first-team plans this season.

Mount has returned to Stamford Bridge this summer having impressed under Lampard during a loan spell at Championship side Derby County last season, the 20-year-old signing a new five-year contract at the club this week.

The midfielder scored during Chelsea‘s 4-0 win over Irish side St Patrick’s on Saturday, with Lampard confirmed the academy graduate will be part of his first-team squad this season.

“Mason signing is great because of the impressive two loans he has had. He will be part of the first team squad,” he told a press conference in Japan.

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Hudson-Odoi’s long-term future however remains uncertain, the winger having entered the final year of his contract at the club.

The 18-year-old was keen to leave Chelsea for Bayern Munich in January, with the West London club rejected several offers from the German side in the winter window.

Bayern are expected to return this summer and Hudson-Odoi is yet to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge, with the England international seeking assurances over his playing time.

The talented teenager is currently recovering from a serious Achilles injury suffered against Burnley in April, though Lampard has reaffirmed his desire for the player to commit his future to Chelsea.

“With Callum of course I want him to sign and stay here. He’s a player who’s come through the Academy; he’s a player who can be a big player for Chelsea and England. We as a club as a whole want him to stay, for sure,” he added.

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“I think he knows he has a manager here who wants to work with him to improve, and that takes hard work. Nothing is given, especially when you’re 18 years of age, but with all the attributes Callum has we want him to come through at Chelsea and be a big player for us now and in the future.

“There a few younger players now, some have signed, some I think will sign in the next month or in the early part of the season, and it’s important we move forward on that. I know as a club we are doing our best from top to bottom.”

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