“Pretty much as soon as I got the job I made contact with him to make him aware that I want him to be part of the plan,” Lampard said.
“He’s a young lad who’s come through the academy here, the club’s worked hard with him, he’s worked hard to get in the first team and for me it just felt like what everybody wanted.
“So then it was away from me slightly in terms of the club dealing with the contract in itself, but I wanted to make it clear that I want him at the club, because I believe in his talent.”
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Hudson-Odoi eventually got his chance in the first team during the second half of last season, but his campaign was curtailed by an Achilles tendon rupture suffered against Burnley in April, which has kept him out until now.
However, after playing for Chelsea’s U23s against Brighton last week, Hudson-Odoi is now on the verge of returning to first-team action.
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While Sunday’s clash with Premier League leaders Liverpool is expected to come too soon, Lampard is expecting Hudson-Odoi to return with no shortage of motivation, having seen fellow academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fiyako Tomori star during the opening weeks of the season.
“I also know that now the five-year contract is signed, is when the hard work really starts for him,” Lampard said.
“He’s got everything in front of him. We know the talent that he has. He’s shown in it on occasions in the first team when he’s had his opportunity, but I think there’s a lot more, and it’s pure hard work that will get him there.