Chelsea are already looking into the future as they are handing their young players new deals that would keep them loyal.

The latest is Ethan Ampadu who has signed a new five-year contract to stay at the Bridge.

The Welshman, who can play in defence or midfield, already has seven Chelsea appearances to his name and is a full international.

Upon signing his new deal, Ampadu, who turned 18 last week, 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.’

Ampadu joined Chelsea from Exeter City in the summer of 2017 and having begun his first season in west London playing for our Academy sides, he made his senior debut in a Carabao Cup third round win against Nottingham Forest at the Bridge.

He had only turned 17 a few days earlier.

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