Callum Hudson-Odoi has committed himself to Chelsea Football Club after signing a new five-year contract.
The new deal commits him (Callum Hudson-Odoi) to the club he has trained at since the age of eight until at least 2024.
Odoi, 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 the Czech Republic at Wembley and picked up an award as Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year award in May.
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 also noted that Callum Hudson-Odoi is a special talent that they are very much determined to keep.
“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,” Granovskia said.
“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 caught the eye and his potential was highlighted by Frank Lampard as early as his first media conference as the club’s new head coach.
Callum 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.
By John Dalton Kigozi