Leipzig sign Blues starlet on season-long loan

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RB Leipzig have snapped up Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan and the player is delighted with the move.

RB Leipzig have snapped up Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan and the player is delighted with the move.

The 18-year-old, who can play either as a centre-back or as a defensive midfielder, featured just five times last season under former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard revealed recently he tried to sign Ampadu on loan in January when he was in charge at Derby, and rates the player very highly.

However it has been decided that a switch to Leipzig will benefit the player at this stage, and Ampadu also believes the move will prove the ‘perfect step’.

‘I’m delighted to be at RB Leipzig and can’t wait to start the season with my new team.

I want to get to know the lads and integrate into the team as quickly as possible,’ he said on Leipzig’s website.

‘I have followed the club in recent years and have seen how well young players have developed here and how much potential this club has, so it’s the perfect step for me.’

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