In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Ethan Ampadu is tipped for another loan stint, Callum Hudson-Odoi takes part in a special grassroots game and Christian Pulisic sends Twitter crazy with throwback post.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Ampadu wanted by Premier League new boys
Ethan Ampadu is reportedly being eyed by our west London neighbours Fulham according to the Express, who state that the Cottagers want to take the Welshman on loan.
Ampadu spent last season in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig and The Express reports that Frank Lampard would be happy to sanction another loan deal for the talented teenager next season.
The report states: ‘Chelsea want Ethan Ampadu to gain more experience but on this occasion, it looks set to be in the Premier League with Fulham keen on the versatile player.
‘Chelsea are reportedly ready to send Ethan Ampadu out on loan to newly promoted Fulham next season. Ampadu spent the 2019/2020 season with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
‘Manager Frank Lampard is understood to be a fan of Ampadu but with the competition in defence and midfield high, the likelihood of regular appearances at Chelsea next season are slim.
‘And reports suggest Lampard will be able to keep a very close eye on Ampadu on his latest move.’
The Athletic are also reporting that Ampadu could join Fulham, with the play-off winners set to beat Norwich to his signature.
Hudson-Odoi takes part in Sunday League spectacle
According to The Sun, Callum Hudson-Odoi featured in a London Sunday League game this weekend as part of an anti-knife crime campaign.
The winger, who flew back from Germany with the Chelsea squad following our Champions League tie with Bayern Munich the night before, then headed to Croydon to help kick-off the game between Saha FC and Lambeth All Stars.
‘Callum Hudson-Odoi amazed spectators by turning up for a Sunday league game — little more than 12 hours after a Champions League match in Germany,’ the paper reports.
‘The winger flew back from a 4-1 defeat against mighty Bayern Munich to take the kick-off for Saha FC against Lambeth Allstars FC.
‘The game was part of an anti-knife crime Black Lives Matter event in Croydon, South London.
‘However, the presence of the 19-year-old, capped three times by England, could not stop Saha FC going down 5-3.
‘One onlooker said: “Everyone recognised him, and he was chatting to everyone. He knew a few of the boys from Saha FC so that’s why he was there. People couldn’t believe it.
“He didn’t seem tired, he was just happy to help support the event.”
‘Opponents Lambeth Allstars tweeted: “Thanks Callum Hudson-Odoi for coming out today, supporting our anti-knife crime BLM community event.”
‘On Saturday night, Hudson-Odoi was unlucky to have a long-range effort chalked off while playing the full Champions League match in Munich’s Allianz Arena, which finished just after 9.45pm.
‘By 10.30am the next day he was wearing the No 11 shirt as Saha FC, of the Croydon Municipal Sunday Football Adult League, kicked off the pre-season friendly on a 4G pitch at Selhurst Arena.’
Pulisic’s incredible Chelsea throwback picture!
The Sun also carried a story about a picture that Christian Pulisic – and the official Chelsea social media channels – shared over the weekend, of the young American lining up alongside Mason Mount when visiting the club at age 11.
Pulisic and Mount have both nominated for the Premier League’s Young Player of the Season award, which you can vote for them here, but it seems the pair go way back given the time of this photo, which was posted in 2010 when Christian was just visiting the training ground and posed alongside Mount for a photo.
The reports states: ‘Chelsea released a throwback image of Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount together as youngsters.
‘The picture was taken as the Blues' Cobham training ground in 2010, when the pair were both 11.
‘England international Mount has been a top prospect at Chelsea since he was six and finally broke into the first-team this season.
‘American Pulisic, however, was just visiting the Blues, then bossed by Carlo Ancelotti, and only found his way back last summer after a £58million transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
‘And since the pair were reunited, they have formed a thriving partnership in Frank Lampard's young side. The attacking pair were both nominated for Premier League Young Player of the Season.’