According to reports, Tammy Abraham has signed a one-year contract extension at Chelsea.
The 22-year-old striker has extended his current Blues deal through 2023, though Chelsea bosses are said to be interested in a long term deal.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard handed Abraham the highly coveted number nine shirt last summer, and the Englishman has had a tally of 16 goals in 40 games in his first season.
New £53million signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig will increase Chelsea’s attacking force next season, but the prolific Germany hitman will also add significant competition for Abraham.
The English striker reportedly asked for a contract like that of Callum Hudson-Odoi who earns £135,000 per week.
But Camberwell-born striker Abraham has had no qualms about extending his Stamford Bridge stay, with the Blues also said to be keen to keep him for the long term.
“I don’t want to get into the clauses in contracts, it could open me up to many a question that one,” Lampard said.
“But I said it before when I was asked, Tammy’s not at a critical stage in his contract.”
“He needs to focus on his playing and we need to finish the season as strongly as we can, and there will be plenty of time to sit down after that.”
France’s World Cup-winning striker Olivier Giroud also recently extended his Blues contract to remain in west London next term.
The 33-year-old has scored three goals in five games since football’s resumption, reiterating his value to the Blues.
Abraham broke a 10-game goalless drought in Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, with Lampard hoping that can revive his best performance.
“Tammy in his personality is a very positive lad, he trains well, he’s good around the group and that hasn’t changed.”
“I know beyond that there are sometimes feelings for a player, especially a goalscorer who is having a tough time in front of goal,” Lampard said.
“We had a conversation before the Palace game, so I was particularly delighted to see him break that against them. I hope there is an uplift for him, I hope his confidence has taken a nice boost, and we’ll see.”