Ampadu seeks to catch Lampard eye
Ethan Ampadu says a tendency for Bundesliga clubs to rely on young players prompted him to make the switch to RB Leipzig from Chelsea on a season-long loan.
The Wales international is highly-thought of by new Blues boss Frank Lampard but he felt it would be best for his development if he were to go out on loan this season in order to play more first-team football.
Aston Villa and Reading were both linked with the 18-year-old but he eventually opted for Germany.
The defender will spend the campaign with RB Leipzig, who have a reputation for giving youngsters from the Premier League a chance, most recently having Arsenal’s Emile Smith-Rowe and Ademola Lookman from Everton on their books.
Lookman made his loan switch permanent earlier this summer but Ampadu says he won’t be following in the midfielder’s footsteps, claiming he wants to get some good experience under his belt before returning to Chelsea.
Youngest players to make a Premier League appearance for Chelsea:
🔵 Jody Morris (17 years & 43 days)
🔵 Callum Hudson-Odoi (17 years & 84 days)
🔵 Ethan Ampadu (17 years & 89 days)
Ampadu is off to link up with Nagelsmann for a season. pic.twitter.com/3XEKsCDzaT
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“I’m on loan. My goal is for me is to go back to Chelsea one day,” Ampadu told BILD.
“Many young talents across Europe see the Bundesliga rely on young players. So Germany is always an option when talking about new clubs.
“At Chelsea, for example, Antonio Rüdiger also advised me to take the step.”