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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has handed Frank Lampard an early injury boost after returning to training ahead of time.
And now, Lampard is set to be handed another boost regarding the future of the highly-rated teenager who has been strongly sought after by German champions Bayern Munich.
Bayern made multiple bids for Hudson-Odoi in January – the highest of £35m – and tried their luck again with a £22m offer this summer. But Chelsea remained keen on holding on to their academy product.
Although Hudson-Odoi handed in a transfer request in the January transfer window to force a move to Bayern, the appointment of Frank Lampard as the new Blues boss has assured him of a future at the club.
He scored five times and set up five more goals in 23 competitive appearances for the Blues last season, but found it hard to win the trust of former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.
Hudson-Odoi will now become the third academy product to commit his long-term future to Chelsea since Lampard’s appointment, following midfield duo Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount. The club also wants to tie down promising right-back Cesar Azpilicueta.
CHO as he’s fondly called has returned to training ahead of this weekend’s game against Norwich.
Lampard revealed before the game against Leicester City that Hudson-Odoi is doing well in his recovery from the Achilles injury he suffered back in April against Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
“He’s getting closer,” Lampard said prior to the game against Leicester. “He’s trained the last week or two with the Under-23s and is looking good. There is going to be a period of conditioning work for him. The injury looks good, which is the great news.”