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Chelsea teenager Ampadu joins RB Leipzig on loan

Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu will spend next season on loan in Germany at Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. Credit: PA

Chelsea teenager Ethan Ampadu will spend next season on loan in Germany at Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.

The 18-year-old, who can play either as a centre-back or as a defensive midfielder, featured just five times last season under former Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

Current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard revealed recently he tried to sign Ampadu on loan in January when he was in charge at Derby.

The move to RB Leipzig will be Ampadu's first loan spell since his arrival at Stamford Bridge from Exeter two years ago.

Loftus-Cheek agrees new long-term Chelsea contract extension

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has agreed a contract extension with Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until at least 2024 Credit: PA

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has agreed a contract extension with Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until at least 2024, the Premier League club have announced.

The 23-year-old, who is currently recovering from an Achilles injury, made an impression in the first team during the final few months of Maurizio Sarri's reign.

Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea's official website: "I'm really happy and pleased that I get to stay here for another five years.

"It's the place where I've grown up playing and hopefully I'll be playing here for a lot longer."

Loftus-Cheek first joined the club as an under-eight and progressed through the youth ranks to the first team, for whom he has made 72 appearances.

An important loan spell at Crystal Palace gave the midfielder valuable top-level experience and coincided with his first full England call-up against Germany in November 2017.

He added: "At eight or nine years old, of course you never think you'll be here for so long because you just want to enjoy yourself and play with your friends.

"When I look back and see how the hard work has paid off, it's a good feeling. That only makes me want to work harder to achieve more in the future.

"I hope to win a lot more trophies with the team and personally it's just about trying to do as well as I can and work hard to be a key player for Chelsea."

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