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Chelsea are currently in Japan preparing for the new season with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Already, the Blues have started pre-season on the front foot, beating Irish side St Patrick’s 4-0 after a 1-1 draw against Bohemians in our opening pre-season game.
One player who’s absent from pre-season but is generating rave reviews is Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi. The 18-year-old had a good season with the first team last campaign as he fought his way into the side before suffering an Achilles tendon injury that ruled him out of the season.
Hudson-Odoi is expected to be back in September, and Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has revealed that the youngster will be a key player for Chelsea next season.
“Yes, we [senior players] do [talk to the youngsters]” Azpilicueta told Sky Sports News.
“It is important to have a connection between the players in the first team and the academy. We can be better and stronger by having these players in the first team but also with the coaches working with a system so when the players come in it is easier for them [to adapt].
“For Callum it is a massive chance to become a key player for Chelsea. He was getting plenty of minutes before his unlucky injury. Now I am sure that when he recovers well he will be important when he is back.”
Azpilicueta was also full of praise for Chelsea trio Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount who are academy products and will be part of the first team next season.
He added: “The feeling and desire is there from all of the boys when they start at Chelsea, it is a tough academy to get through. Mason (Mount), Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) and Callum are all players that we have to be proud of and they are setting a good example for the others young lads starting their careers.”