'Not necessarily': Versatile player still doesn't know if he will be at Chelsea next season

Ethan Ampadu admitted he wouldn’t let questions surrounding his Chelsea career get in the way of his European Championship campaign with Wales.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Ampadu insisted his full focus was on this summer’s footballing festivities and nothing beyond that.

The 20-year-old has just spent a season-long loan away from Chelsea with relegated Sheffield United.

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He missed the final six Premier League games of the campaign with a pelvic problem, but has returned in time for the Euros adventure with Wales.


After representing his national side, attention will turn to Ampadu’s next movements at club level.

Wales, Euros, Chelsea

There have been no concrete conversations with Chelsea about transporting him into Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

However, the young Welsh warrior said he wasn’t worrying about his Blues future right this very moment.

“It’s not a distraction for me,” remarked Ampadu about his standpoint at Stamford Bridge.

“I’ve not been thinking of what can happen next year, because you never know, if you can perform to a new level that might change things.

“For now it’s just concentrating on the now for Wales and doing as best as I can.

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“There’s been discussions throughout the season about the season, but not necessarily going forward.

“Hopefully this summer can be a big summer so that’s what the concentration is on.”

What to Ampadu?

Ampadu is contracted to Chelsea until 2023, but could easily spend the rest of his deal out on loan.

Tuchel will have plenty of new faces to encounter during pre-season training, including the former Exeter City prodigy.

What might put Ampadu in a more promising position than some of his loanee comrades is his positional flexibility.

His ability to play at centre-back, full-back or midfield makes him a valuable squad player.

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Sheffield United often deployed a back three, with the Blues youngster slotting in as one of the centre-halves.

Interestingly, Tuchel has favoured a similar formation and is on the look out for a new central defender.

For now, Ampadu is completely concentrated on Wales.

But thoughts about Chelsea will creep up on him pretty quickly, so he best be ready for a change of some kind.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.