Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu has been told that he will not be able to seek a loan move this summer amid the club’s unlikely pursuit for Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, according to Goal.
Following Billy Gilmour’s loan move to Norwich, Chelsea are short on defensive midfield options, with three senior players; N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, and Mateo Kovacic being clear options.
Fortunately, Chelsea have two versatile young defenders in Ampadu and Trevoh Chalobah who can play in these midfield positions.
Chalobah, who did really well to replace Jorginho in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool last Saturday, certainly would not mind having to provide cover for several different positions.
After all, it would only help him get more minutes this season, having deservedly earned his spot in the squad after an impressive pre-season.
It is not necessarily the case for Ampadu, however.
He has not made Thomas Tuchel’s matchday squads in the last three Premier League games or in the UEFA Super Cup win earlier this month.
As it stands, he is likely the sixth-choice defender and the fifth-choice defensive midfielder, which is far from ideal from his perspective.
At his age, he might want to continue his development with regular football, and it is safe to assume that he would not get that at Chelsea.
However, due to a lack of covers in these positions, Chelsea have told the Wales international that he will remain at the club and will not be able to leave on loan, Goal claims.
Ampadu likely facing possibility of very limited playing time
Although, there is still an unlikely possibility that he would be able to leave if Chelsea reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid over a loan deal for Saul.
Ampadu himself certainly had options. According to an earlier report from The Daily Mail, Newcastle United have enquired about signing the Wales international on loan.
Staying at Chelsea and being surrounded by top players is not exactly a bad way to spend a season, but Ampadu will have to be satisfied with limited playing time
He is technically still eligible to play for the development squad in the PL2, similar to Billy Gilmour last season. But at this stage of his career, he understandably wouldn’t be excited about the idea of returning to academy level football.