Leeds sign Ethan Ampadu on a four-year deal from Chelsea – ending his six-year stint with the Blues having made only 12 appearances for Premier League club
- Leeds have signed Ethan Ampadu from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee
- Despite making 12 outings, he was among the Blues’ longest-serving players
- Now the 22-year-old defender is part of Leeds’ Championship rebuilding project
Leeds have signed Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu for an undisclosed fee.
The versatile Welshman, 22, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Elland Road.
For the past four seasons, the youngster has been on various loans, most recently at Spezia in Serie A.
Prior to that, he spent time at RB Leipzig, Sheffield United, and Venezia.
Ampadu joined the Blues in the summer of 2017 from his home-town club, Exeter City, and was, bizarrely, one of the longest-serving senior players at the club. Mail Sport reported on Monday that Leeds had made an offer for him.
Ethan Ampadu has joined Leeds’ Championship rebuild from Chelsea on a four-year deal
The 22-year-old has spent four seasons out on loan and only made 12 Chelsea appearances
He has already racked up 44 international appearances and played at two major tournaments
He only made 12 appearances in total for the Londoners, however, and will be hoping to gain more English football experience by dipping his toes in Championship waters.
Ampadu, who can play as a centre-back or a defensive midfielder, was not thought to be involved in new manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans for their upcoming campaign.
Leeds are in the process of undergoing an overhaul following both their relegation from the Premier League and their sale to new owners the 49ers Enterprises.
Even at his age, he is something of a grizzled international veteran, having made 44 appearances and featured in the Euro 2022 and 2022 World Cup campaigns.
His arrival on the international scene in 2017 was fortuitously timed, with the Dragons enjoying a fruitful spell. Before finishing third at the 2016 Euros, Wales had not qualified for a major tournament since 1958.