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Loan spell at Leipzig is the perfect step for my career, says Chelsea's Ampadu

 

Ethan Ampadu
Ethan Ampadu

Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu believes a spell in the Bundesliga is the ideal move for him after securing a one-year loan at RB Leipzig.

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 at Derby.

The move to RB Leipzig will be Ampadu's first loan spell since his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Exeter two years ago.

Ampadu has made 12 appearances in his two years with Chelsea and in September 2018 he signed a new five-year contract.

Ampadu believes the switch will prove the "perfect step".

"I'm delighted to be at RB Leipzig and can't wait to start the season. I want to get to know the lads and integrate into the team as quickly as possible," he said. "I have followed the club in recent years and have seen how well young players have developed and how much potential this club has, so it's the perfect step."

Lampard will now prepare his squad for the Rakuten Cup clash against Barcelona in Saitama today.

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