Callum has a massive chance to become a key player for Chelsea - Azpilicueta.

Blues skipper lavishes praise on Hudson-Odoi.

Callum Hudson-Odoi. [Warren Little/Getty Images]
Callum Hudson-Odoi. [Warren Little/Getty Images]

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta is convinced Callum Hudson-Odoi will stay at Stamford Bridge and become a key player under Frank Lampard.


The Blues defender says he is convinced the 18-year-old winger, a target for Bayern Munich, will have a big role to player under their new head-coach - when he recovers from an Achilles injury he suffered back in April.


"Yes, we [senior players] do [talk to the youngsters]" he 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.


"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."


The 29-year-old spoke further about how important the senior players at the club are to the Chelsea youngsters. 

"The most experienced players have to help the young players coming in," he said.


"We are lucky we have the best academy in England and it is true that maybe in recent years we haven't seen a lot of youngsters coming into the first team and getting minutes on the pitch.


"Last year Callum, Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] and Andreas [Christensen] started to get minutes. Now with the transfer ban, we have seen in pre-season already, they have more chances to break in.


"They have Frank and all his staff who they have already been working with for quite a long time.


"Our role is to make them feel comfortable, to let them express the quality that they have shown in the youth system.


"I am convinced this is the way to move forward."


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