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‘I know I’m ready’ – Chelsea loanee has determination to succeed at the top

It seems barely a day goes by without a Chelsea youngster being mentioned by the media. As fans wax lyrical about the talent forcing their way into the first-team at Stamford Bridge, there is also a crop of talent currently plying their trade away from West-London.

One of the brightest of that bunch already has first-team experience. Ethan Ampadu made his Blues bow back in September 2017, making 12-appearances overall.

This season has been spent on loan in the Bundesliga, at RB Leipzig. The spell hasn’t been as fruitful as many expected, but it certainly hasn’t effected the 19-year-olds’ appetite to succeed.

The Wales international was in fine form for RB Leipzig, in the Bundesliga club’s 1-0 win at Tottenham a few weeks ago. The youngster spoke to The Evening Standard ahead of last night’s second-leg, which the Germans won 3-0 to progress to the quarter-final stage.

Ampadu is impressed by the form being shown by other Chelsea youngsters in his absence. He said:

“They all have great talent and deserve every minute they get pitch time. It shows that young players under a young manager who believes in them can be successful in the Premier League.”

The youngster is committed wholeheartedly to the club, a fact to excite fans who have high hopes for him.

“I followed Chelsea as a young fan until I joined the club as a player aged 16 – From that point, I thought only about its future and that’s all I am concerned about. It’s my club, always has been and it will always be my home in football.”

The former Exeter City youth product is confident in his ability, working hard to prove himself. He added:

“Definitely – I know I’m ready,” You have to be – not arrogant, just quietly sure of what you can do so while I think I had a good performance it was what I expect of myself in every game. I work hard to be the best professional I can be and that won’t ever stop until retire.”

Ampadu is another exciting talent who shows maturity beyond his years. Nurtured correctly he can be another important part of Chelsea’s long-term future.

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