Chelsea legend Frank Lampard hopes Callum Hudson-Odoi will commit his long-term future to the club and fight for his place in the team.
The 18-year-old winger sought a January transfer to Bayern Munich due to a lack of regular chances at Chelsea this season.
The Blues turned down three bids from Bayern, which were believed to be in the region of £35m for the highly-rated Hudson-Odoi.
And with Chelsea’s upcoming transfer ban from FIFA for the next windows, the need to retain Hudson-Odoi is greater than ever right now.
The teenager’s contract at Stamford Bridge will expire in June 2020 and, judging by the way things are going right now, any agreement over an extension appears unlikely.
This comes in light of Hudson-Odoi continued frustrations over his lack of regular opportunities under Blues coach Maurizio Sarri, who instead counts on the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro to play down the flanks.
But Lampard, who scored a club-record of 209 goals in 640 games for Chelsea, believes it’s imperative his old side find a way to resolve Hudson-Odoi’s future.
“Firstly, I’d love him to stay at Chelsea,” Lampard told talkSPORT.
“He needs to be doing everything to get in that team. Is he working hard and is he developing every day in training and trying to improve?
“I don’t know him that well but I’m sure that’s the standard at Chelsea he’s going by himself. Every minute he gets on the pitch he needs to be doing everything he can.
“I understand Chelsea fans want to see more of him and he has to do everything he can to give himself the chance of minutes.”
The now-Derby County boss added: “I think at the end of the season he will look back and think what can I do with my career.
“It’s a mad one because a young English player at Chelsea at that age then you really want him to sign that long-term contract.
“I hope it can be agreed that he can stay at Chelsea.”
Hudson-Odoi has managed four goals and three assists in 17 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions this season.
Although all the youngster’s starts have come in cup competitions instead of the Premier League, where he has only played a total of 103 minutes.