Ghanaian youngster Ethan Ampadu extend contract at Chelsea
Welsh-born Ghanaian youngster, Ethan Ampadu has signed a new five-year deal at Chelsea which will keep him at the club until June 2023.
The 18-year-old impressed during preseason but yet to play first match of the season under Maurizio Sarri.
“I’m really proud and happy,” Ampadu told Chelsea’s official website after signing his extension.
“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.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia was equally as pleased.
“Ethan has shown great potential and unbelievable maturity since arriving at Chelsea a year ago,” she added.
“In this short time he convinced a lot of people with his exceptional quality and mentality and we look forward to watching him develop into a key player for the club over the coming years.”
The son of Arsenal coach and former footballer Kwame Ampadu, he made his Chelsea first-team debut within months of arriving at the club from Exeter City in July 2017, coming on in the second half of a Carabao Cup third round tie against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.
However, Ampadu is expected to be involved in a match day squad for the first time under Maurizio Sarri when Chelsea begin their Europa League campaign away to PAOK Salonika on Thursday, along with winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and goalkeeper Marcin Bulka.
The promising centreback made seven appearances under his predecessor Antonio Conte last term.
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