Ethan Ampadu joins RB Leipzig on loan
RB Leipzig have completed a transfer for Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on a season long loan deal. The highly rated English under-21 international is seen as an important member of the Blues' squad for the next few seasons and has been informed that he will return to Stamford Bridge as first-team squad player after his spell in Germany.
It is understood that Ampadu will play alongside Dayot Upamecano - another very highly rated young defender - at the Bundesliga side.
Newly appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard had discussed the transfer of Ampadu to RB Leipzig, commenting:
“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.
“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.”