Blues move to tie down young stars to long-term deals
Chelsea are reportedly set to offer Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori new five-year contracts as they move to tie down their hot prospects.
The west London outfit are thought to be close to agreeing on a lucrative new deal with Callum Hudson-Odoi after months of negotiations and have now turned their attention towards extending the agreements of some of their other academy graduates.
Boss Frank Lampard has put his faith in youth this season, partly as a result of the Blues’ transfer ban, and has been rewarded by a promising start to the campaign.
Abraham currently sits atop the Premier League goalscoring charts with seven to his name, notching his first hat-trick for the club in last Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.
The 21-year-old has quickly established himself as Lampard’s first-choice striker, keeping Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi on the sidelines, and the club are reportedly in a rush to get his future sorted out.
Chelsea are keen to avoid another situation like the one they have found themselves in with Hudson-Odoi, who has been allowed to run down his contract, entering the last 12 months in June.
Bayern Munich have been strongly linked with the England international and while the Blues have now seemingly won the race to keep Hudson-Odoi, they don’t want to take any risks with Abraham.
The Camberwell-born starlet’s current contract still has a little under three years left to run but Chelsea are ready to extend it, alongside handing him a sizeable wage increase.
Tomori is also in line for a new deal with Lampard having got to know the defender well from their time together at Derby last season, the 21-year-old spending the campaign on loan with the Rams before returning to Stamford Bridge.
He opened his account for Chelsea at Wolves last weekend and looks set to feature regularly for Lampard’s side this season, despite the presence of Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Tomori’s current contract runs until 2021 but the Guardian say he won’t be allowed to get anywhere near the end of that deal if Chelsea have their way.
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