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Chelsea boss Lampard told to keep rising star because ‘he’s a better player than Pulisic’

CHELSEA star Callum Hudson-Odoi is better than new signing Christian Pulisic.

That’s the verdict of former Sunderland star Micky Gray.

Despite being slapped with a transfer ban, Chelsea have welcomed Pulisic to their ranks this summer after signing him in January.

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The winger joined from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth £58m before being loaned back to the German side for the remainder of the campaign.

Pulisic has big shoes to fill following Eden Hazard’s switch to Real Madrid.

And he’ll be battling it out for a place with Hudson-Odoi when the England international recovers from an Achilles injury.

Bayern Munich have expressed interest in Hudson-Odoi but it seems new boss Frank Lampard is determined to hang on to him.

And Gray believes the 18-year-old is currently a better option than Chelsea’s big-money signing.

“Hudson-Odoi, if he stays at Chelsea,” he told talkSPORT.

“I think he’s a better player than Pulisic.”

Former Sunderland star Micky Gray

“Personally, at the moment, I think he’s a better player than Pulisic.

“I’ve seen him play six or seven times, and, yes, he’s got some nice ability.

“I think he’s raw, and I don’t think he’s ready to play every single week in the Premier League.”

Hudson-Odoi’s contract expires next summer but Chelsea chiefs are confident of tying him down on a long-term basis.

Lampard is targeting a return to the top four, and former Blues striker Tony Cascarino believes Chelsa are capable of finishing above Arsenal.

“Frank’s got a better squad than Arsenal,” he said.

“He’s going to have to be expected to finish in front of Arsenal and you could argue get in the top four as well.

“People are looking at it and saying maybe they won’t get that and they should sacrifice this season, but I don’t believe for one second Chelsea Football Club will do that.”

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