Revealed: What Chelsea told Spezia before loaning Ethan Ampadu

Ethan Ampadu
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Young Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu joined Spezia on a season-long loan before the close of the transfer window.

Ampadu had impressed during pre-season but Chelsea decided to send him on another loan spell following the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana.

The versatile Ampadu can play as a centre-back, a defensive midfielder and a right wing-back.

Spezia manager Luca Gotti has however revealed that Chelsea want him to play Ampadu as a centre-back.

“He [will play] on the right of [the back three],” Gotti said about Ampadu’s expected role at Spezia, via Tuttomercatoweb.

“He is not [very tall], but has a strong physicality and the willingness to fight for the ball. Because of these characteristics, he was used as a wild card [at his previous loan club Venezia]. They would put him on the pitch, then choose the other 10 men at Venezia.

“However, Chelsea recommended me to use him [as a centre-back] and the discussions will continue. They think he will return to Chelsea as a centre-back.”

Ampadu himself has said he is confident in his ability to play in the three different positions.

“Everybody just wants to be on the pitch and thankfully I feel comfortable playing in more than one position,” he said.

“I’m more than comfortable playing, whether that’s at centre-back, in midfield or at right wing-back.”