Frank Lampard opens the door for Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave Chelsea

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Callum Hudson-Odoi could leave on loan (Photo: Getty)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has refused to rule out Callum Hudson-Odoi from leaving the club before the transfer window closes.

The winger has been involved with just nine minutes of Chelsea’s opening two Premier League games this term and he faces increased competition for a starting spot following the arrivals of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Hudson-Odoi wanted to leave the club in 2018 and handed in a transfer request in order to force a move to Bayern Munich while Maurizio Sarri was at the helm.

However, he signed a new long-term deal to stay at Stamford Bridge following Lampard’s appointment and the arrival of the former Derby boss was seen as a boon for the England international.

But that didn’t come to fruition with Hudson-Odoi battling for playing time and he has been linked with a move away from the club, both on a permanent basis and on loan.

With so many signings at the club this summer, Lampard has to downsize his squad and Antonio Rudiger appears to be another casualty of the newcomers, with the German missing in the opening two matches.

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Hudson-Odoi struggled for play time (Photo by Richard Heathcote / Getty Images)

Hudson-Odoi is expected to play Barnsley in the League Cup, but Lampard says this is not proof of his long-term future at the club and says he could still leave before the transfer window closes.

Asked directly about Rudiger and Hudson-Odoi, Lampard said, “I’ll get around this question. It remains to be seen.

“We are not in a period where the window or the transfer market is acting like it has done in recent years in terms of the movement of players or the level at which they play.

“Once again, the competitive games have just started. I’m very open to these conversations with players over the next few weeks. My priority will always be to make sure I maintain and keep the strongest possible team for this club, but after that, of course, the one-on-one conversations will take place within that framework. I’ll try to make sure I get into the season once the window closes with the team that I think are competitive in a healthy way.

Edouard Mendy is set to become Chelsea’s seventh signing of the summer once he puts his pen to paper on a five-year contract with the club.

Chelsea’s spending will then be over and the club will focus on getting some of their £ 230million back.

Lampard admits he needs to downsize his squad and that could lead to some tough conversations.

“There are decisions to be made for me, for the club and for the players themselves. This is the situation now.

“Of course I have an idea of ​​how many players are in the team. I want the team to have healthy competition, but not as many players who don’t compete regularly and feel like they’re no longer a part teams and weren’t getting the minutes they wanted. .

“These are many, many conversations I will have in the future. This does not mean that we are obliged in any of these positions or areas to move players. But those conversations will continue over the next two weeks.

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