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Chelsea open talks with youngster to extend contract after first-team breakthrough



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Chelsea have opened talks with Lewis Hall to extend his contract with the club after his recent first-team breakthrough, according to reports.

The Blues may have splashed the cash in both the summer and winter transfer windows but they have still called upon their youth talent this season.

A large number of injuries to the first-team this campaign have handed opportunities to players who usually may not get the chance, and Hall is making the best of it.

Having turned 18-years-old in September, the youngster was given his first start of the season as Chelsea took on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup in November.

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While Graham Potter’s side did suffer a 2-0 loss, Hall was extremely impressive and arguably the best player on the pitch for the away side.

He has played most of his football this season in either a left-back or wing-back role and has emerged as a regular member of the first-team.

Despite not playing in Chelsea’s most recent game against Fulham that resulted in a 0-0 draw, Hall featured in all five of the games before that.

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Obviously the Englishman’s game time has been heavily increased due to Ben Chilwell’s injury, but he still is turning in good performances for a player right at the start of his career.

Due to his classy performances, as reported by Fabrizio Romano and Caught Offside, Chelsea are speaking to Lewis Hall’s representatives over a new contract.

Since the new ownership team, led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, took over at Stamford Bridge their has been a clear focus on building an extremely talented team for the future.

Homegrown talents such as Hall, could have a huge role to play alongside the likes of Noni Madueke, Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk who all arrived in the most recent transfer window.

For now though, Hall will be focused on Chelsea’s next game against West Ham and will be hoping for another chance to impress.