PLEASE STAY! Read how Frank Lampard convinced Hudson-Odoi to stay at Chelsea


Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi says it took only one conversation with new boss Frank Lampard to convince him to stay at Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old handed in a transfer request in January after Chelsea rejected a £35m bid from Bayern Munich.

But he broke into Maurizio Sarri’s side last season and has impressed for Lampard who took charge in the summer.

“He wants me to play for him,” Hudson-Odoi said. “They were encouraging signs that you want to hear from a manager.”

Hudson-Odoi made his England debut in March before his first Premier League start for Chelsea the following month.

Since returning to fitness Hudson-Odoi has helped Chelsea to third in the Premier League, earning a place in the England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo.

Asked how many conversations he had with Lampard before agreeing to sign a new deal, he replied:

“One. I can’t say exactly what he said but he just said he believes in me, he wants me to work hard and if I believe in myself then he believes in me and things will go well for me at this club.”