Callum Hudson-Odoi has committed himself to Chelsea Football Club by signing a new five-year contract.
The forward, who will turn 19 in November, grew in influence throughout the 2018/19 season, winning himself a place in the side and ending the campaign with five goals and a string of assists. He became Chelsea’s youngest-ever England international when making his debut for Gareth Southgate’s side in a Euro 2020 qualification win against Czech Republic at Wembley, and picked up our Young Player of the Year award in May.
When does Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new contract expire?
His new deal commits him to the club he has trained at since the age of eight until at least 2024. He is currently in the latter stages of his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury suffered in April that brought a premature end to his breakthrough season for club and country, in which he made 24 Chelsea appearances as well as playing two games for England.‘It’s an amazing feeling,’ Hudson-Odoi said after signing his contract. ‘It’s been a long wait but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.‘I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well. As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.’
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Callum showed last season just what a thrilling talent he is. We are delighted he has committed to Chelsea and we are all excited about the prospect of seeing him continue to blossom in the years ahead.‘The club has already been rewarded this season by some brilliant performances from our young Academy graduates, and Callum’s new contract guarantees Frank has another outstanding prospect at his disposal.’While injury cut short a season full of promise, the youngster clearly caught the eye and his potential was highlighted by Frank Lampard as early as his first media conference as our new head coach.‘I have seen Callum come through and he’s a fantastic talent,’ said Lampard. ‘He is going to be central for us on the pitch and that is the opportunity in front of him now.‘There are things as a young player that he will want to improve but he can be central to this team and for England. I want to work with him, I want to drive him forward and I want to improve him as a player.‘Callum can show, right here at Chelsea, the club he came through the Academy at, that he is going to be a world-class player because I truly believe that.’
When did Callum Hudson-Odoi sign for Chelsea?
Hudson-Odoi joined the club at the age of eight, proving a regular creator and scorer of goals throughout his schoolboy years. He won back-to-back FA Youth Cups, scoring both years in the final, and lifted the Under-17 World Cup with England, featuring in every game at the tournament and assisting three goals against Spain in the final to add another medal to his 2017 collection.
When did Callum Hudson-Odoi make his debut for Chelsea?
In January 2018, he made his senior Chelsea debut when he came on in an FA Cup win over Newcastle United, and he made a further three substitute appearances that season, including his first in the Premier League in a home match against Bournemouth.
Having impressed during pre-season in the summer of 2018, including starting the Community Shield against Manchester City, it was confirmed the teenager would be part of the senior squad for 2018/19. After a couple of substitute appearances in the Europa League, he then started the game against PAOK Salonika and capped an impressive performance by scoring his first Chelsea goal in the second half.
Hudson-Odoi began to feature more regularly early in 2019, scoring further goals against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup, and Malmo and Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League, before becoming the youngest-ever player to make his debut in a competitive match for England. His season was cut short when he limped out of a home league game against Burnley in April, though a new deal means the Wandsworth-born winger will have many more outings at the Bridge in the years to come.
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