Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘Agrees’ £100k-a-Week Chelsea Contract Extension to Be Signed Ahead of New Season

Chelsea winger ​Callum Hudson-Odoi has agreed to sign a new five-year contract following the appointment of Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

The England international was locked in a dispute with the club last season over a lack of playing time and picked up a lot of interest from Bayern Munich, who submitted a number of bids for the 18-year-old during the January transfer window.

Despite seeing their bids rejected, Bayern Munich remained confident that at the very least Hudson-Odoi could be brought in on a free transfer at the end of his contract in 2020.

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But The Times claims that Hudson-Odoi has now made a U-turn over his future by agreeing to Chelsea’s most recent five-year contract offer.

It’s understood that he will earn a whopping £100,000-a-week as part of his new deal at Stamford Bridge, which he is ‘expected’ to sign before the start of the campaign.

​A previous report suggested that Hudson-Odoi could pocket up to £10m per season through performance-related add-ons, on top of his £100,000-a-week wages.

Hudson-Odoi struggled to really establish himself at Chelsea before Bayern Munich declared their interest in his signature, something which prompted then-manager Maurizio Sarri to start including the teenager in his first-team.

It’s well known that up until very recently Hudson-Odoi was still considering a move to Bavaria at some point over the next 12 months, but the winger now looks set to commit his future to the club after spending more than a decade in their academy.

He made 24 first-team appearances last season, where he went on to score five goals and claim the same amount of assists across all competitions.

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6 Things We Learned From Chelsea’s Pre-Season Win Over Barcelona

‘Easy work’. ‘Cool as you like’. ‘About as comfortable as a game against Barcelona can be’.

Those are all things that you could say about Chelsea’s 2-1 dispatching of Barcelona in their pre-season friendly at the Saitama Stadium in Japan. 

But enough about what people have said. What did we learn? 

Well, with all the obvious caveats about the meaninglessness of pre-season, here’s what we know about the likely Premier League champions and the La Liga stragglers-to-be following this pulsating encounter. 


1. Tammy Abraham Is Good… Enough?

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Or is he? I don’t actually know yet. Which probably makes this a bad start for a ‘things we learned’ piece, but oh well.

Yes, Abraham got a goal on his first start of the pre-season, and it was a well-taken one at that, taking it from his left foot to his right in one swift movement to beat Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

But, moments before, he also missed an absolute sitter after some excellent work from Christian Pulisic (more to come on him), so it’s sort of TBD. Basically, he can finish chances he has time to think about, but not always the ones he doesn’t, maybe?

He’s certainly not the finished article, and questions still linger over his ‘big-six’ qualifications, but he’s got intelligent movement and isn’t afraid to rough it with the big boys, even if sometimes he can come out second best. 


2. Sergio Busquets Is Washed

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Sergio Busquets is washed. He’s a fraud, he’s probably balding, and he’s no longer fit to wear the Blaugrana shirt.

These are all possible takeaways from the midfielder’s incomprehensibly uncharacteristic error that gifted Abraham that opener, especially after the season of perceived decline he suffered last campaign. 

Or maybe he was just particularly jet-lagged? Either way, yes, we will be talking about the man next to him in the above frame. Just wait a bit. 


3. Chelsea’s Tactics Becoming Clearer Under Lampard

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Slowly but surely, Chelsea’s tactics under Frank Lampard are emerging. With another deployment of 4-2-3-1, it looks like that may be his preferred formation, though N’Golo Kante’s enforced exit from the tour means we are yet to see the Frenchman take his place in that anchoring two. 

Away from formational concerns, the Blues seem to have retained their high press, as well as a propensity to pass out from the back, though their build-up play is a bit more direct. Also, without Eden Hazard, their playmakers seem a bit more fluid and interchangeable – which is very 2019 of them. 


4. Signs of a French Connection Brewing

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Neither may have been wholly at the races, but in Antoine Griezmann’s first start in Barca blue and red, there were signs of a promising French Connection brewing with Ousmane Dembele.

While their collective finishing was erratic, their occasional interchanges were impressively sharp, and their work in the national team has clearly fortified a strong knowledge of each man’s respective games.

Promising signs at least for the coming season, Neymar deal pending. 


5. Christian Pulisic Is a (Profligate) Live-Wire

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Again, much of this is conditional on reputation (e.g. Griezmann was far more profligate than the Yank, but he’s Antoine Griezmann so, you know), but Christian Pulisic looks like a quality player… who can’t yet finish his dinner. 

But, seeing as it’s pre-season, we’ll gloss over the misses, and concentrate on the acts of backside-raising beauty – which is quite the feat during an 11:30 KO – because it’s hard to think of a more entertaining moment in the game than the myriad of times the American darted past and in-between his Spanish opponents. 

In full flight, he is a sight to behold, and he’ll certainly catch out a few Premier League defenders with his pace and guile. It’s just whether he can capitalise that remains the mystery, as of yet.


6. There’s a Lot of Pressure on Frenkie de Jong

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Here he is, the Dutch Saviour! And he’s ready to take over from the ailing fraud also known as ‘Sergio Busquets’, or at least he better be!

Because, as you can tell from this (pre-season) scoreline, Barcelona’s midfield is desperate for some reinforcements and, despite Oriol’s best efforts, the last thing they need is another member of the Busquets family (FRAUDS, the lot of ’em) plugging the hole. 

No, they need a Dutch wizard. They need the love child of Johan Cruyff and Nigel de Jong, and they need him fast. To be fair, starting with a pass completion rate of 100% from 42 appearances as a substitute isn’t terrible, is it? 


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7 Footballers Who’d Be a Better Prime Minister Than Boris Johnson

​It’s been an unusual few years for British politics, but for many seeing a coin toss between Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson to become the new Conservative Party leader – and, in turn, the new Prime Minister – has been among the lowest point in our recent political history.

After winning 66.4% in the Tory leadership vote, Johnson will officially become the new Prime Minister on Wednesday.

Football and politics, for better or for worse, are inevitably intertwined and one more than one occasion some of the beautiful game’s biggest names have crossed the divide, with the most notable among them being Andriy Shevchenko and George Weah.

Johnson has already proven on numerous occasions that he’s unlikely to ever challenge those at the highest level of professional sport, having once quite famously rugby tackled a child and also headbutted former Germany international Maurizio Gaudino in the nether region during a charity match.

While the 55-year-old might not be an immediate threat to professional sport, we suspect there are more than a handful of football players past and present who could waltz into Johnson’s shoes and even become a better Prime Minister than BoJo himself.


Giorgio Chiellini

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Although you might technically need to be a British citizen – being Irish or from one of the Commonwealth would also allow you to become an MP initially – Juventus and Italy legend Giorgio Chiellini is more than qualified to become the face of the United Kingdom.

A natural leader, Chiellini not only has a bachelor’s degree in economics and commerce, but the 34-year-old has also picked up a Masters degree for Business Administration.


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Despite facing similar eligibility to the aforementioned Chiellini, few can question that ‘Doctor Sócrates’ would make a fine Prime Minister…even though he’s, well, dead. 

The former Brazil international didn’t just earn his nickname through his elegance on the pitch, as Sócrates was, in fact, a fully qualified doctor.

He also held a doctorate in Philosophy.


Simon Mignolet

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Before anyone out there even begins to think about questioning if the country would be in a safe pair of hands or not (you utter bullies), Liverpool’s back-up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet would be the perfect person to lead the United Kingdom.

He holds a degree in Political Science, can already apply for UK citizenshipand Mignolet also speaks an impressive five languages – although unfortunately, that’s unlikely to be much of a deciding factor in post-Brexit Britain.


Frank Lampard

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If you were hoping that Frank Lampard’s work with youth players would put him on the left side of the political scale, you’d actually be completely wrong.

Because if there’s one this we know is vital to becoming affiliated with the Conservative Party it’s someone’s ability in Latin, and Lampard passed that course – no, he surprisingly didn’t go to a comprehensive – with an A*.

It’s rumoured that Lampard was also asked to stand as a Conservative MP in Kensington.


Patrick Bamford

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Of all the names you didn’t expect to see, Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford might just be at the top of that list.

Conversationally fluent in both German and French, the privately educated footballer was actually offered a scholarship by Harvard University in Massachusetts.

But he turned down their offer to instead join Nottingham Forest, where he’s since gone on to play for ChelseaCrystal Palace and Burnley.


Nedum Onuoha

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Bamford isn’t the only player on this list to reject a respectable career away from football, as Real Salt Lake centre-back Nedum Onuoha is claimed to have turned down a career in medicine.

Picking up A-Levels in Maths, Business and IT – all at an A grade – the 32-year-old then went on to start a degree whilst he was still on the books at Manchester City over a decade ago.

I have now finished my A-Levels and start an accountancy degree part-time in September,” Onuoha told City in 2005. “It is not just a case of filling in my spare time with education. The degree is something that I know I have to do.”


Shaka Hislop

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Having a degree in Mechanical Engineering hardly makes former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop the most well-educated player on this list.

But what makes the London-born, Trinidad and Tobago international stand out more than any other fictitious candidate for Prime Minister is his experience as an intern with – drum roll please – NASA.


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Premier League Kits 2019/20: Every Home Shirt Ranked From Worst to Best

To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld; in sports, everything from the players to the coaches to the stadiums of your favourite team changes, so you are basically left just supporting the kits. 

Well, in 21st-century football (or soccer to Jerry) even those change every year too. 

With the new Premier League season barrelling over the horizon like Harry Maguire marauding into the penalty box for a set-piece, it’s high time for an entirely subjective ranking (filled with deeply personal biases) of all 20 of the brand new ​Premier League home kits for 2019/20 now we know how the teams will be togged up.

Disagree? Please direct any Twitter abuse to ​Chris ​Deeley. 


20. Southampton​

​​A kit so vile that even when Huddersfield and Paddy Power made a deliberately repellent ‘banter’ shirt it wasn’t nearly as bad.

Still, Southampton’s social team made a funny launch video so that makes up for a season of having to wear it, maybe?


19. Norwich City

Colours fading into each other, check. God awful oversized betting sponsor, check. Unnecessarily busy collar and shoulders, check and check. This is crummy kits 101 stuff.


​18. Newcastle United

It’s almost like Mike Ashley designed this kit himself as another way of getting at the souls of the Newcastle fans.

Chunky stripes? Puma logo on top of a centred badge? Giant, ugly betting company sponsor in a massively incongruous colour? It’s not a great time to be a Toon fan, is it?


17. Sheffield United

The kit itself is actually fine. You know what, it’s actually nice. That sponsor though…shudder.


16. Crystal Palace

Recent Crystal Palace kits are inherently quite unattractive, for me. There’s something about the colour combo and tendency to make them overly busy. This one is not really any exception.

Away kit is a lot of fun to be fair.


15. Wolverhampton Wanderers

A huge downgrade on last season’s delight. It just seems more garish than 2018/19 and, yes, obviously the sponsor is atrocious. 


14. Burnley

Oh good, another betting company sponsor.


13. Everton

Umbro’s design team have given it some welly, which is nice to see, but the overall result strays into ‘just a bit naff’ territory.

It’s also physically impossible to imagine a trophy presentation for a team wearing Angry Birds on their sleeves.


12. Manchester City

Purple is an odd trim choice but it just about works…does it?

My completely irrational perception is that it isn’t a ‘champions’ kit, whatever that means. 


11. Bournemouth

See Burnley.


10. Brighton & Hove Albion

Purely on looks, it’s one of the better designs, no doubt, but there is barely any change from last season’s effort bar a couple of added stripes. Oh and now the Nike logo is now gold. So there’s that.


9. West Ham United

The top on its own is lovely but seeing it as a full ensemble I remain a little unconvinced. Although, I realise I’m in the minority. 

Possibly blue shorts would’ve been better. The Umbro logo should surely be in claret too, no?


8. Manchester United

Huge improvement on last season. Good looking kit that has avoided the cardinal sin of over-design. Big badge works, but the ’99 references probably need to stop now.


7. Aston Villa

Like Burnley’s, but better.

Ignore the people in the image who look like they would call you ‘clean shirt’ and ask if you could buy them alcohol outside the off-licence.


6. Leicester City

There aren’t mega changes since last season but the chequered pattern and the gold are nice touches. 


5. Watford

The sponsor is an eyesore but that’s applicable to a solid 75% of all kits here in the ex-Barclays. 

Black and yellow halves (presumably inspired by Watford’s tendency to have two wildly contrasting halves to the season) is a nice look, especially with the bits of red trim. Well done all involved.


4. Chelsea

Yes, it looks like a training kit but training kits are great. More of this.


3. Tottenham Hotspur

When less is very much more. Inspired by Spurs’ trophy cabinet (weyyyy banter), Nike have gone minimalistic and the result is really lovely.


2. Liverpool

New Balance have fluctuated between the iffy and the sublime with their kit designs but this is definitely in the latter category. Why don’t all teams wear pinstripes?


1. Arsenal

The obvious choice (sorry) but it is a stone cold classic. 

One for future hipsters to wear to five-a-side with ‘Jenkinson’ emblazoned on the back.


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Ethan Ampadu Joins RB Leipzig on Season-Long Loan From Chelsea

​Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on loan for the upcoming season.

The Welsh defender made just five senior appearances under Maurizio Sarri last season, and now boss Frank Lampard recently confirmed that the plan was for Ampadu to head out on loan to continue his development.

RB Leipzig took to their ​official website to confirm the news, adding that he will be handed the number 26 shirt during his time in Germany.

Sporting director Markus Krosche said: “We are very pleased to have signed Ethan Ampadu on a one-year loan. Despite being just 18 years old, he has plenty of international experience and can play both in defence and as a defensive midfielder. 

“Despite offers from many English sides, Ethan has decided to join us, and we now have another top talent in our ranks that is versatile enough to give our squad even more variation.”

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On his move, Ampadu added: “I am very happy to be at RB Leipzig and start the season with the team. I want to get to know the team as quickly as possible and integrate myself. 

“I’ve been following the club in recent years and I’ve seen how fantastic young players have come to develop here and what potential there is in this club. So it’s the perfect step for me.”

​Chelsea took to their ​website to wish Ampadu luck on his move, with Frank Lampard adding: “I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit of him. In midfield and defence we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”

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