Former Derby County manager Frank Lampard has admitted that he tried to bring Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu to Pride Park last season.
It was a season that saw him take both Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori from Stamford Bridge, where he spent so much time as a player but admitted on Monday that a deal for Ampadu was not forthcoming.
Lampard, now manager of Chelsea, made the revelation after explaining why the Wales international had missed the Blues’ pre-season training trip to Japan.
In his press-conference he explained how he was a big fan of the 18-year-old and is hopeful he will be able to play a lot of first team games somewhere this season, reported on the club’s official Twitter account.
It will be Ampadu’s first time away from the club since making the move for just over £2.5million from Exeter City’s youth team two summers ago.
Last season saw him make just five first-team appearances under Maurizio Sarri but made the matchday squad nine more times in all competitions.
It is not yet known if Derby, now managed by Phillip Cocu, will make a move for the youngster.
This would be serious coup for anybody in the Championship.
Ampadu is really not too far away from being ready for regular Premier League football and very much looks the real deal.
If I were a Derby fan I would be slightly irritated that they were not able to get the deal over the line last season but I suppose the campaign did not go too badly anyway.
However, I am slightly surprised Chelsea are shipping him out on loan given his ability and how he has been in and around the first team already.