Versatile 21-year-old admits he is 'not too sure' about Chelsea return at end of season
Ethan Ampadu said Chelsea are still constantly giving him feedback during his loan at Serie A side Venezia but admitted he is still unsure about his future at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old has featured six times for Venezia in Serie A so far, mostly in midfield.
It is safe to say that his progress has not met early expectations, considering he was very close to making the first squad at 17 under Antonio Conte.
The Italian manager even said Ampadu’s physical and tactical quality was “unusual” for a player his age (ESPN).
Almost three years later, the versatile midfielder has had three loan spells and arguably yet to make a very strong case for his Chelsea return.
Although to be fair, he also pretty much wasted a year of his development after struggling with back problems during his loan spell at RB Leipzig.
Ampadu’s recent admission suggests Chelsea have not given up on him, though.
“They’re always watching the games and giving you feedback,” he told the media during international duty with Wales (via The Sun).
“Someone has even managed to come out and watch a game.
“You still get all the feedback because at the end of the day you’re still a Chelsea player even though my focus is on Venice.
“Everyone wants you to develop and be a better player so you have that help as well.
“My focus is on doing as well as I can with Venezia and seeing where that takes me this summer.”
Ampadu unsure of Chelsea return
The Wales international, however, also said that the next destination for him remains unclear.
Asked about his plans for the upcoming season, he added: “I’m not too sure yet. Obviously, I want to be the best I can be after this loan, wherever that is.
“But you can’t get to that point without focusing on the present.”
Ampadu’s versatility obviously would make him a very useful addition to Tuchel’s squad.
Trevoh Chalobah, who has surprisingly emerged as a reliable option for Tuchel this season, also benefits from similar quality.
If Chalobah’s story tells us anything, it is that Tuchel is willing to give players first-team opportunities at Chelsea based on pre-season performances.