Chelsea’s young midfielder Ampadu inks 5-year contract extension

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London, Sep 19 (IANS) Chelsea defensive midfielder Ethan Ampadu has signed a contract extension tying him to the club until 2023, the English Premier League side announced on Wednesday.

The Wales international, who can play as either a centre-back or midfielder, joined Chelsea from Exeter City in the summer of 2017, and had a great start to the 2017/2018 season before being sidelined due to injury, reports Efe.

“I’m really proud and happy. 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,” Ampadu said in a statement on the club’s website.

Ampadu has positioned himself as a regular player on the Welsh national team, and on September 6 made his competitive debut for the Dragons in their 4-1 win over Ireland in the UEFA Nations League group stage.

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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia went on to say that Ampadu “has shown great potential and unbelievable maturity since arriving at Chelsea a year ago.”

“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,” she added.

–IANS

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