Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu is set for a loan move to either Derby County or Aston Villa in the Championship in January to enable him to continue his football development.
The 18-year-old Wales international has made just 2 appearances for the Blues this season under Maurizio Sarri but has represented the Welsh Senior team 4 times in that period.
The player attracted major interests from many clubs in the summer but remained in London.
However, he’s not gotten his desired chances and Sarri is eager for him to get more playing time and experience elsewhere as chances are limited at Stamford Bridge.
Derby manager Frank Lampard expressed interest in the youngster over the summer but was told that Ampadu would remain at Stamford Bridge.
“I looked at him (Ampadu). I spoke to the (Chelsea) manager and he told me he wants him in their squad, so it was a very short conversation.”
“I was very impressed with Sarri. I think he is a great manager, great character. He was very nice to me about it.”
“Quite rightly, he probably wants Ampadu as part of his squad. He is a fantastic talent.”
“It was a question (we asked), and we have fully moved on.” Lampard said.
Derby County have been hit by major injuries in the defensive areas since then and need quality cover in the areas affected.
Therefore, Ampadu is likely to be at the center of a tug of war between Derby County and Aston Villa in January as both sides are seeking promotion to the Premier League.