At long last, it’s finally happened. Callum Hudson-Odoi has signed a new long term contract at Stamford Bridge, tying him to the club until 2024. It’s been a deal that’s been in the pipeline for months, with small details delaying the process at seemingly every turn. The announcement comes, as expected, before he makes his return to the pitch with the Chelsea first team.
The contract saga has been a long running and tiring one to follow, and has been going on long before his transfer request in January of this year. He was Bayern Munich’s main target last January and this past summer window but he’s now finally tied himself to his boyhood club. It was always a case of playing time for Hudson-Odoi and after emerging as a starting XI player at the backend of last season, along with Frank Lampard taking over, he’s been convinced that Chelsea is the place for him.
‘It’s an amazing feeling. 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.’
Hudson-Odoi on signing his new deal
It is believed that his new deal encompasses wages of around £120,000 a week, an extraordinary fee for a relatively unproven 18 year old, but that’s the way the market is going. The pressure is now on Hudson-Odoi to perform and prove that he’s worth the money but we know he’s got the desire to make sure that that becomes a reality. One key thing to mention is his injury. He won’t come back from that quickly so anyone who’s expecting MOTM performances as soon as he’s back are kidding themselves.
The main point is that this contract saga is finally over and we can start to properly enjoy Hudson-Odoi and what he can bring to the side. Hopefully he can realise his potential and develop into one of the Premier League’s top players. It’s an exciting new era at Chelsea, and this season the youth have their chance to prove their worth.