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According to The Daily Mail, Chelsea have opened talks with Tammy Abraham and Reece James over new contracts, whilst Willian is also in line for a new deal.
Well, the Blues seem keen to tie down two potential future stars for the club in James and Abraham, whilst they are also attempting to tie Brazil international Willian down to a new two-year contract.
All three players are set to play a significant role for the west London-based side next term, as Frank Lampard embarks on his first season as Chelsea boss after joining from Derby – it will only be his second campaign in management.
Abraham and James spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and Wigan respectively, where the former achieved promotion via the playoffs and was named in the PFA Team of the Season – James was named in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season too.
As well as attempting to tie down the striker and the right-back, Lampard has already made moves to secure the services of three more young starlets since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
You may argue that he is doing this as a result of the club’s transfer ban, but other than Bayern Munich’s interest in Hudson-Odoi, there were no real hurrying prompts for this many new contracts to be agreed, such as soon-to-be-expired terms for example.
It appears as if Lampard is doing this to ensure that he has a young spine in his squad for many years, and that the Europa League winners have a number of exciting young players tied to the club to ensure that the side doesn’t turn stale.
This significant contract overhaul is eye-catching, and the fact that mainly young players are the ones putting pen to paper speaks volumes.