Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu has signed a five-year contract extension at Chelsea, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2023.

The 18-year-old Wales international is yet to feature under new head coach Maurizio Sarri, but made seven appearances under his predecessor Antonio Conte last term.

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Speaking to Chelsea’s official club website, he said: “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.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “Ethan 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.”

Asked last week what Ampadu has to do to break into the Chelsea starting XI, Sarri said: “In this first period, for me it was very important not to change especially the defensive line.

“But I hope in the future to be able to give space to everyone, even the defenders. In the first period, as you know, it’s very difficult to change the defensive line.”