Chelsea wonderkid Ethan Ampadu has been linked with a January loan move to Aston Villa or Derby.
The Championship rivals are said to be keen on signing Ampadu, the Wales international, on a temporary basis when the transfer window reopens.
The versatile 18-year-old, who can play in midfield or defence, has already made seven first-team appearances for Chelsea, though he has failed to play in any matches this term.
A recent injury has kept Ampadu out of action over the past few weeks, and Maurizio Sarri’s refusal to loan the youngster out over the summer had many suggesting he would be playing him relatively frequently.
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Derby, managed by Chelsea legend Frank Lampard, attempted to sign Ampadu earlier this year, but their approaches were blocked by Sarri.
Aston Villa are also said to have wanted the youngster, and the Birmingham Mail say both clubs will return for Ampadu when the transfer window opens in January.
Ampadu, who joined Chelsea from Exeter last year, has already been capped four times by Wales. Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush has previously claimed the youngster will develop into a ‘world-class’ player over the next few years.
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