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Hudson-Odoi makes hint over Chelsea future as final Kante contract detail outlined



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Since the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership have taken over at Chelsea, it’s been a busy time in terms of sorting out the personnel on and off the pitch.

They have seen a change of head coach’s with the arrival of Graham Potter to succeed Thomas Tuchel, while a large number of signings have been made across the two – summer and January – transfer windows, including eight who were acquired last month.

The new signings have started to already make their mark despite the results not being anywhere near good enough. Chelsea have won just three of their last 17 games, seeing the pressure increase on Potter from supporters as the Blues linger down in 10th place in the Premier League.

Following the sheer number of new signings, futures of the current squad need to be resolved.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was sent out on loan for the season last summer to Bayer Leverkusen. He has only scored one goal from his 20 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga outfit.

Once he makes his return to Chelsea this summer, it’s already been claimed he is unlikely to stay at Stamford Bridge amid interest from Arsenal.

The 22-year-old has spoken to Sky Sports recently hinting at his future plans after confirming no recent contact had been made with his parent club.

“I have not spoken to them much recently at all,” Hudson-Odoi said.

“I am not there so seeing all these players going, there is nothing I can say or do. At the end of the day, I am focused on the club here and trying to help as much as possible here.

“Whatever happens in the future, I do not know. All I can do is focus on what happens here.”

He added: “At the end of the day, you have got to keep positive. Always smiling regardless. No matter if things are going good or bad, you cannot stress about things. Also, when you are smiling you feel confident and good on the ball and off the pitch as well.”

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante is nearing a return from a hamstring injury which has kept him sidelined since last August and limited to just two Premier League appearances this term.

He has been in part training towards the end of this month and the club are hoping the Frenchman will be able to make his full return at some point in March.

Kante is out of contract this summer but both parties want to reach an agreement to extend his stay in west London.

There is confidence inside Chelsea that an agreement is close to be reached, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.

He has also reported the main stumbling block which is why an agreement is yet to be finalised. The length of Kante’s new deal hasn’t been agreed on, with it previously being suggested that the 31-year-old wanted a three-plus-one deal.

It’s looking likely Kante will be a Chelsea player next season, it’s now just a case of how long his new deal will run for.