Ethan Ampadu Signs New 5-Year Contract at Chelsea

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea in action during the pre-season friendly match between Chelsea and Olympique Lyonnais at Stamford Bridge on August 7, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
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Wales international Ethan Ampadu has signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea

The Blues confirmed the news Wednesday and provided some comments from the 18-year-old: "I'm really proud and happy. I'm looking forward to the next five years and all I have got to do now is continue to work hard, and hopefully good things will happen."

Ampadu has yet to break into the Chelsea first team, making just one Premier League appearance from the bench along with a handful of cup showings.

However, he already has four caps for the senior Wales side and is rated by the Blues hierarchy, per ESPN FC's Liam Twomey:

Ampadu's new contract means he will be tied to Chelsea through to 2023, by which time he could well be a key part of the first team.

Able to operate as either a centre-back or a defensive midfielder, Ampadu joined Chelsea from Exeter City in July 2017.

The length of his new contract is a recognition from Chelsea that they have faith in his ability and potential.

Manager Maurizo Sarri has yet to give Ampadu a run out this season.

But it may not be long until he gets his chance in the senior side with the UEFA Europa League and League Cup set to get under way. 

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