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Chelsea youngster Ampadu off to the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig

The Welsh teenager will spend the season on loan in Germany.

Ampadu in the RB Leipzig shirt.
Ampadu in the RB Leipzig shirt.
Image: Twitter/RB Leipzig

CHELSEA HAVE AGREED to loan Ethan Ampadu to RB Leipzig for the season. 

The talented 18-year-old, who can play at centre-half or in midfield, joined the London club from Exeter City two years ago. 

However, Welshman Ampadu has found first-team opportunities hard to come by — making 12 appearances during that time. 

Chelsea rate the teenager highly and rewarded him a new five-year deal last September, but he will spend the upcoming campaign under the guidance of Julian Nageslmann at Leipzig.

Bohemians v Chelsea - Pre-Season Friendly - Dalymount Park Ampadu playing a recent pre-season friendly for Chelsea at Bohemians' Dalymount Park. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

It’s the latest in a growing trend of Premier League-based players heading to the Bundesliga to gain experience after the likes of Jadon Sancho, Reiss Nelson and Jonjoe Kenny.

I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year so I’m a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him,” Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said.

“I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit of him. In midfield and defence we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”

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