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Ethan Ampadu

BIOGRAPHY

Ethan Ampadu is a centre-back or deep midfielder who joined Chelsea in the summer of 2017 from Exeter City, where he became the Devon club's youngest-ever player the previous season.

Having begun the 2017/18 season playing for Chelsea's Academy sides, Ampadu made his senior debut as a second-half substitute in a Carabao Cup win at home to Nottingham Forest in September 2017, before his first start in the next round the following month against Everton.

At 17 years and six days, he became the club's eighth youngest debutant and the first player born after the start of the year 2000 to begin a Chelsea game.

Ampadu’s first Premier League action came late on in a win at Huddersfield and as well as taking part in the Academy’s biggest fixtures, he continued to feature for the senior team in the domestic cups.

Ampadu committed his long-term future to the club by signing a five-year contract in September 2018, and he made his first start of the currrent campaign when he partnered Andreas Christensen at the heart of the back four in a Europa League game against MOL Vidi.

Having previously shown his versatility by playing in both central defence and as a deep-lying midfielder for the Blues, Ampadu was deployed in an advanced midfield position for our FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, operating on the right of the trio and performing well.

Having represented Wales up to Under-19 level prior to joining Chelsea, he made his senior international debut when he came on in the second half of a friendly international against France in November 2017.