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Callum Hudson-Odoi Looking to Remain at Chelsea if Frank Lampard Is Appointed Manager

Following the departure of Maurizio Sarri to Juventus and the expected arrival of Frank Lampard, Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly more inclined to stay and pursue a career with the Blues. 

With the winger’s current contract set to expire in June 2020, Hudson-Odoi has been reluctant to pen a long term deal with Chelsea and has been at the centre of transfer rumours linking him away from the club.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The recent speculation linking ​Derby manager Lampard to the Chelsea job has led Hudson-Odoi to rethink his options while he recovers from a ruptured Achilles suffered against Burnley in April. 

According to the ​Daily Mail, the appointment of Lampard along with his assistant and former ​Chelsea player Jody Morris, means the chances of Hudson-Odoi staying would be higher than at any time during the Sarri era. 

The winger already has a great relationship with Morris following his time managing the Chelsea Under-18 side that Hudson-Odoi played in. 

Chelsea’s transfer ban means that the winger is set to play a pivotal role at Stamford Bridge once he returns from injury. The departure of star man ​Eden Hazard has left the number 10 shirt vacant, with Hudson-Odoi being promised it would be his should he pen a long term contract.


After playing only four times before Christmas, Hudson-Odoi struggled with game time initially under Sarri which led to the winger looking at his options abroad to aid his development. 

He was linked with a move to Bayern Munich during the winter transfer window, and despite an increase in his playing time towards the business end of the season he was still rumoured to be eyeing offers from the Bundesliga.


Golden Boy 2019: The 16 English Youngsters On the Long List for Coveted Award

​The Golden Boy is an award handed out to the best under 21 player in European football annually.

Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Kylian Mbappe are just three examples of previous winners, who have gone on to have huge success in the game. The most recent winner – Matthijs De Ligt – was the first defender to win the award and adds to a list of incredibly gifted players to have been recognised in previous years.

​Tuttosport, the Italian publication who established the award back in 2003, have just released the long list of 100 nominees for the 2019 title, which will be whittled down after a fan vote. 


Along with obvious candidates like De Ligt, Moise Kean and Gianluigi Donnarumma, the list includes 25 ​Premier League players – 16 of whom are English.

​Wayne Rooney and ​Raheem Sterling are the only two Englishman to have won the award previously, but 2019 could see an English player crowned Golden Boy for the third time.

Here’s a list of the English players to have received a nomination.

Angel Gomes (Manchester United)

Angel Gomes

Gomes was part of the England squad who won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 and has already made three senior appearances for ​Manchester United. 

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking more towards youth, we could see much more of the youngster next season.

Keanan Bennetts (Borussia Monchengladbach)

Bennetts is a left winger, who spent his formative years at ​Tottenham Hotspur before making the move to the ​Bundesliga last summer. He is yet to feature for the first team, but with Thorgan Hazard recently leaving Monchengladbach, a path to the senior squad could be open next year.

Rhian Brewster (Liverpool)

​Brewster burst onto the scene when he won the golden boot in England’s Under-17 World Cup winning campaign two years ago. Injury has prevented him from featuring too much under Jurgen Klopp, but now back at full fitness, Brewster is one to watch in the Premier League next season.

Phil Foden (Manchester City)

Phil Foden

The 19-year-old is clearly blossoming under the tutorship of Pep Guardiola and the second half​ of ​Manchester City’s title-winning campaign saw Foden featuring regularly. With David Silva coming towards the end of his career, City seem to have the perfect replacement already among their ranks.

Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Another player benefitting from the coaching of their manager is Gibbs-White of ​Wolves. The 19-year-old already has 46 senior appearances under his belt and has played an increasingly important role in his side’s Premier League fortunes.

Charlie Gilmour (Arsenal)

​The Brighton-born youngster has impressed with his performances which have come mainly in Premier League 2 games. The 20-year-old has switched allegiances between England and Scotland youth teams, but may need to make a final decision should he receive a call-up for one of the senior teams in the next few years.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea)


The ​Chelsea ​youngster spent much of this season struggling for game time, but gradually fought his way into the first team before suffering injury towards the end of the campaign. Once he returns to action, he will be looking to continue the good form he has already shown in his short career to date.

Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Mount excelled this season in his loan spell at ​Derby County, where he lit the Championship up with his enigmatic performances from midfield. With Rams boss Frank Lampard expected to take over at Stamford Bridge, Mount could be a Premier League star in the next few seasons.

Reiss Nelson (Arsenal)


As one of many Premier League​ youngsters to go abroad in search of first-team football, Nelson had great success during his loan spell with Hoffenheim. Scoring seven goals in the Bundesliga in 2018/19, the 19-year-old will hope to make a big impression in the Premier League next year.

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal)

​The London-born 20-year-old has played most of his football in the PL2 but has impressed in his occasional first team appearance. After scoring in ​Arsenal’s final game of the season, Nketiah is a player who Gunners are desperate to see more of next season.

Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur)

Likewise, Oakley-Boothe has been starved of first-team action, as all his playing time at Spurs has come in youth and development squads. The 19-year-old can play anywhere across the midfield and will hope to break into the senior team in the coming years.

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Jadon Sancho

​Perhaps the most well-known of all the English players up for the Golden Boy award, Sancho is already a star on the biggest stage. An incredible season saw him cement his place in the ​Dortmund team, picking up 12 goals and 14 assists in the process.

Oliver Skipp (Tottenham Hotspur)

The 18-year-old has impressed Mauricio Pochettino enough to break into the Tottenham first team this season, which has seen him make eight league appearances. The defensive midfielder is set to play an even bigger role next season and is certainly one to watch in the Premier League.

Dujon Sterling (Chelsea)

Sterling was one of Chelsea’s many loaned-out players this season, as he spent the 2018/19 campaign playing for League One side Coventry. The 19-year-old was an integral part of a Sky Blues side who fell just short of the playoffs, as he scored five and assisted four whilst playing at right back.

Joe Willock (Arsenal)

Joe Willock

​You may recall Willock from Arsenal’s Europa League final defeat to Chelsea. The 19-year-old brought the game back to life as a second-half substitute and was unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet. Willock is one of several young Gunners who will be vying for a first team spot next season.


L’Equipe Top 50 Under 20: The 8 English Youngsters Who Make the List

Prestigious French football magazine of Ballon d’Or fame ​L’Equipe has recently released their list of the top 50 players born since 1 January 1999, ahead of FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup this summer.

Ajax captain and this summer’s hottest transfer property Matthijs de Ligt appears top of the list of the world’s best teenagers, while the likes of Vinicius Junior, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Kai Havertz all make the top 10.

Matthijs de Ligt

There are nine starlets owned by Premier League clubs, while there are eight English talents on the list in total. Only France has more names represented among ​L’Equipe’s 50, with 10. Spain, Portugal, Netherlands and Italy all have four players featured.

Below is a breakdown of each of the eight English names on the list and where they ranked. 

Jadon Sancho (2nd)

Jadon Sancho

The most recognisable English name on the list, Sancho has enjoyed a breakout season​ with club side ​Borussia Dortmund whilst also making his senior debut for the national side. 

An exciting attacking force, Sancho has terrorised defences in the Bundesliga, scoring 13 goals and providing 19 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions as Dortmund came close to winning the title last season. 

Although more likely than not to stay put in Germany for the time being, he has been the subject of intense transfer rumours this summer with figures as high as £100m being suggested, such is the hype surrounding the young star.

Declan Rice (9th)

Declan Rice

Making the top 10 is ​West Ham star Rice, who has enjoyed an impressive first full season with the London club. 

Rice has established himself as a first-choice midfielder under Manuel Pellegrini, whilst also (controversially) switching international allegiances to England and winning his first senior caps.

Having made 38 appearances in domestic competitions last year, he looks set to be a key player for club and country in seasons to come. 

Like with Sancho, eye-watering price tags have already been suggested.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (13th)

Callum Hudson-Odoi

The ​Chelsea winger made headlines in January when German giants Bayern Munich approached the Blues with an offer to take him to Bavaria​. Chelsea stood firm, believing the young Englishman to be a key component to their future.

With the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid, Hudson-Odoi will hope he gets more opportunities to shine next season and build on the impressive performances he put in last campaign, which led to him his senior international debut in March.

He has just a year left on his contract however and Bayern are still lurking.

Ryan Sessegnon (15th)

Ryan Sessegnon

Despite ending the season by being relegated with ​Fulham and failing to set the Premier League ablaze as many anticipated, Sessegnon ​is still a hot property. 

The left-sided star caught the eye in Fulham’s promotion campaign in the Championship and will be frustrated he couldn’t replicate this form, as he was shunted from pillar to post under three managers, in the Cottagers single Premier League season.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of the player L’Equipe rank higher than Justin Kluivert and Samuel Chukwueze. 

Under the right tutelage, a raw talent like Sessegnon could become a key player for club and country. 

Phil Foden (19th)

Phil Foden

When you can count Pep Guardiola as an admirer then there is cl​early something special about you. ​

Manchester City fan and player Foden has enjoyed another good season with the Champions, adding another ​Premier League winners medal to his collection before his 20th birthday.

When given the chance, the youngster has impressed with some mature performances in City’s star-studded attack. If he can get more game-time, the sky’s the limit.

Reiss Nelson (21st)


​Arsenal forward Nelson was sent out on loan by Unai Emery ​last season and found himself in the Bundesliga with Hoffenheim, where he enjoyed a very good campaign.

He made 25 appearances for the German side and scored seven goals – an impressive tally as he was mainly used as a substitute. His time in Germany will have provided him with valuable experience and he will be hoping to become more than a bit part player for the Gunners next season.

Mason Mount (30th)

Mason Mount

Ranking one place higher than Benfica’s Tottenham-linked star Gedson Fernandes is Chelsea’s Mason Mount, who spent last season on loan at Championship side ​Derby County and under Blues legend Frank Lampard. Mount impressed in the second tier and even earned a call-up to the senior national side in October 2018.

Like Nelson, he will be hoping to feature for Chelsea in the coming season, if he avoids being sent out on loan again. But with former boss Lampard in the frame to take over at the Blues, Mount’s fortunes may be looking up.

Dwight McNeil (40th)

Dwight McNeil,Bernardo Silva

Despite only making his ​Burnley debut in May 2018, ​McNeil has made 22 appearances for the Clarets and has scored three goals, a decent return for a winger who has made mostly substitute appearances. 

The 19-year-old will be hoping for more opportunities to showcase his ability and show why he has been included on L’Equipe’s prestigious list. He will also be looking to impress Gareth Southgate following some impressive displays for England Under-20s


Frank Lampard Planning Backroom Staff Changes at Chelsea Ahead of Appointment as Manager

Frank Lampard is said to be planning his backroom staff at Chelsea, as his appointment as manager at Stamford Bridge edges nearer.

Current boss Maurizio Sarri appears to be on the verge of moving back to Italy to join reigning Serie A champions Juventus, just one year after his arrival in west London – despite winning the Europa League and finishing third in the Premier League.

Lampard is the clear and obvious frontrunner to replace the Italian, having spent the first year of his managerial career with Derby, where he narrowly missed out promotion to the Premier League in the playoff final. 

Frank Lampard

Following on from ​recent reports that claimed ​Chelsea are waiting on ​Derby to confirm Lampard’s availability, ​The Sun are now reporting that the deal is set to be complete as Sarri’s move to ​Juventus has been put in motion.

The report also details Lampard’s plans for his backroom staff, including appointing Jody Morris as assistant manager, Didier Drogba as a striking coach and Shay Given as his goalkeeping coach.

There will be no place for current Aston Villa assistant manager John Terry in the new-look setup and the issue surrounding Gianfranco Zola, who is unwilling to accept a demotion at the club, is yet to be resolved. 

Drogba, who met with Lampard in the week, has previously spoken about the prospect of the former midfielder taking over, saying: “Frank has done well with Derby, you know, taking the team to the play-off final.

“I think it is a very good option for the club. Is he ready for the job? Well, when is he ever going to be ready?

“Does he have to wait until he is 40 or 50 to be ready? I think it depends on your experience and depends on your desire to succeed and do it.

“If he feels ready I don’t think it is too early. Every summer is big at Chelsea. Every summer is big.”


Massimiliano Allegri Reveals Why He Is Not in the Running for Chelsea Manager Role

Massimiliano Allegri has ended speculation that he might be appointed Chelsea manager, or any other vacant post in the near future, by revealing that he plans to take a year away from football. 

With Maurizio Sarri’s announcement as Juventus manager expected imminently, Allegri had been tentatively linked with a move to Stamford Bridge – although ​Frank Lampard remains the strong favourite.

Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of the 2018/19 season, has now dismissed any notion that he could take over at Chelsea, professing his desire to take a sabbatical from football management to focus on his family and friends.

Maurizio Sarri

Speaking at an event on leadership in Milan, as quoted by ​Football Italia, Allegri said: ”I am going to take a year off to recharge my batteries and take my personal life back in hand, rediscover after many years the affection of my family, children and friends.  

”The last 16 years have felt like being in a blender. You have to take time away from what you usually spend with family and friends. 

”I’ll use this year to recharge my batteries ahead of next season.” 

Allegri left ​Juventus as one of the most successful coaches in the club’s history, having won five consecutive Serie A titles, alongside four Coppa Italia titles, two Supercoppa Italiana titles and reaching the Champions League final twice.

Massimiliano Allegri

The Italian, who also won the Scudetto with Milan, has also been a regular feature on bookmakers’ lists for the next possible Manchester United and Real Madrid managers.

Meanwhile at Chelsea, Lampard is the firm favourite to take over the reigns at Stamford Bridge. The ​Chelsea legend guided ​Derby to the Championship playoff final, and, with Chelsea’s transfer ban preventing them from signing players in the next two windows, the 40-year-old has been identified as somebody who can oversee the transition of youth players into the first team.

It is reported that Chelsea will have to pay £4m in compensation to release him from his Derby contract.