Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu has joined RB Leipzig on a season-long loan.
The versatile 18-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, failed to make a single Premier League appearance under Maurizio Sarri last season.
He did not travel with the Blues on their pre-season tour of China and new boss Frank Lampard is keen for him to gain more first-team experience.
“I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year, so I’m a big fan,” he said.
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“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.
“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.”
The move to the Bundesliga side will be Ampadu’s first loan spell since his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Exeter two years ago.