Chelsea have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with German side RB Leipzig for the signing of teenager Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan.
This will be the versatile 18-year-old’s first loan since joining from Exeter City two years ago and made his debut in a Carabao Cup match in September.
His season was however cut short by a back problem which forced him to withdraw from an international call-up with the Wales national team and missed the club season enders.
He joins a side that finished third in the German top-flight last season behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Coach Frank Lampard gave his blessings to the youngster, saying the move will give him more playing time in the coming season.
"I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year so I’m a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play a lot of games somewhere could be good for him,"
"I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit of him. In midfield and defence, we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case,"
In his two years at Chelsea so far he has made 12 appearances, seven of them starts and featured in three of the club's Europa League games last season.