Chelsea-owned Ethan Ampadu has admitted that he wants to return to Stamford Bridge next season and impress Frank Lampard – but for the time being is happy in the Bundesliga.
The talented youngster is currently on loan at German title-hopefuls Red Bull Leipzig, with the Wales international playing an important role in his team’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16 first leg of the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Ampadu joined Chelsea in July 2017 and has so far made three appearances for the London club – something he is intent on increasing.
“I would like to go back [to play for Chelsea], I aim to, but I am focused on Leipzig,” he told BBC Sport.
“I am always watching Chelsea and seeing what is going on.
“It is good to see the young players are shining at the moment. They are in the top four so fingers crossed they can hold on to that.”
Can Ampadu force his way into Chelsea’s first team?
In one regard, the teenager perhaps has missed an opportunity this season as Lampard has blooded a number of young players in the Premier League.
The likes of Tammy Abraham, Reece James and Mason Mount have received a chance to play, largely down to Chelsea’s transfer ban.
On the other hand, Ampadu is receiving invaluable footballing experience in Germany, despite only making a handful of appearances for Leipzig this term so far.
Moving forward, the Welshman’s versatility will surely make him an attractive option for the Blues as he matures.
However, for Ampadu there will be fear that the potential boat could sail soon at Stamford Bridge – especially as Chelsea delve back into the transfer market once their transfer ban concludes.
The 19-year-old is already good enough to play Premier League football – but whether he gets the opportunity at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen.