'Of course': Chelsea defender now publicly states he doesn't want to leave Stamford Bridge this summer
Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu has told The Athletic that he wants to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Welshman enjoyed a promising loan spell with Venezia last season, despite the club’s relegation from Serie A.
This campaign came after loans with RB Leipzig and Sheffield United, with him gaining experience in the Champions League and Premier League respectively.
He is now on tour of the United States with Chelsea’s first team, with him featuring in their opening friendly victory over Club America.
It appears this experience has given him the fight needed to stay at the London club, with him claiming he has no intentions of leaving this summer.
When asked about if he wanted to stay, he said: “Of course — I’m here aren’t I?
Ampadu wants to stay at Chelsea
“This club fights for everything: Champions League, Premier League. It’s all about fighting here and trying to get to the top.
“Like every footballer out there, my dream is to be at the top. I don’t think that’s a bad thing to say and dream; everyone wants to be at the top. It’s about fighting and getting towards that.
“There are a few of us with that same mindset that want to break through. We’re out here now and it’s our chance to show it.”
Ampadu’s desire to stay and fight for his place at the club will be music to fans ears, especially as rumours have suggested Armando Broja is not up for that fight and is keen for a move to West Ham this summer.
His presence as a rotation option for the defence next season is also a necessity for the Blues, with them currently struggling for options following departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
With current option Malang Sarr hardly setting the world alight last season, the opportunity to break into the squad and fight for minutes is very real for Ampadu next season.