Chelsea have agreed to loan Ethan Ampadu to RB Leipzig for 2019/2020 football season.
The 18-year-old, who plays at centre-half or in midfield, joined the Blues from Exeter City two years ago.
However, Ampadu has found little first-team opportunities; he made 12 appearances during that time.
Ampadu signed a new five-year contract at Chelsea in September last year and featured in three Europa League games before final victory over Arsenal in May.
The Welshman will spend the next campaign under the management of Julian Nageslmann at Leipzig.
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Ampadu’s transfer is the latest in a growing trend of Premier League-based players going to Germany to gain experience after the likes of Reiss Nelson, Jadon Sancho, and Jonjoe Kenny.
New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard told the club’s official website that a move away would be the best step for Ampadu at this early stage of his career.
“I tried to sign Ethan on loan at Derby last year, so I’m a big fan, but with the minutes he played last year, in the interest of Ethan and of Chelsea, the idea he can play many games somewhere could be good for him, said the new Chelsea boss.
“I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to the benefit of him. In midfield and defence, we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”
Speaking on his move, Ampadu added: “I am very happy to be at RB Leipzig and start the season with the team. I want to get to know the team as quickly as possible and integrate myself.
“I’ve been following the club in recent years, and I’ve seen how fantastic young players have come to develop here and what potential there is in this club. So it’s the perfect step for me.”
Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche said Wales international Ampadu’s versatility is a valuable addition to Julian Nagelsmann’s side ahead of the new season.