Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi - Lampard said he believes in me.

Updated: Dec 15, 2019

It took only one conversation with Lampard for Hudson-Odoi to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.


Callum Hudson-Odoi says Frank Lampard’s “encouraging signs” was key in his decision to sign a new Chelsea deal.


Hudson-Odoi eventually opted to stay at the west London side rather than move to Bayern Munich, this was after Chelsea rejected numerous bids from the Bundesliga champions earlier this year for the 19-year-old.


When quizzed how many conversations he had with Lampard before agreeing to sign, he replied as Sky Sports quoted: "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.


"He wants me to play for him. They were encouraging signs for me that you want to hear from a manager, that he believes in you and he has faith in you, that you can become a good player and achieve a lot of stuff at the club.


"I was excited. It was exciting times that a new manager was coming in and also you know that he will play at least some of the youth boys as well.


"So it's good to know that you are going to play with some of the players from before.


"I said from the start that I made the right decision to stay at Chelsea. I've been there all my life. I've loved the club from day one."


The Blues prodigy also revealed his manager can be strict when necessary.


"To be fair, we have a couple of fines where it's pretty strict and we have to stick by it," he said.


"But even if there weren't fines, we would still be on point. All of us are very on time with everything that we do.


"We're very positive about everything we do. If there is a fine, we will pay it.


"For the fines, we don't really look into it because we are always on time for what we do so it's okay. It's there but we're all good about it.


"He is hard on me but it's in a good way because he wants me to improve and keep getting better.


"When the manager is telling me stuff, I always want to listen and improve my game because I'm not there yet. I know I can always get better and keep getting better."



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