Chelsea Sign 16-Year-Old Exeter Defender Ethan Ampadu


Highly-rated 16-year-old Welsh defender Ethan Ampadu has secured a dream move to Premier League champions Chelsea from Exeter, the English fourth-tier side reported on Saturday. Ampadu, who trained with the Wales squad ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign, played 13 times for Exeter last season after becoming their youngest ever debutant aged 15. He has been capped at Under-17 and Under-19 level.

Exeter won’t get a transfer expense as Ampadu had yet to sign scholarship forms but are entitled to compensation, which they hope will be agreed in amicable fashion.

“Everybody at Exeter City completely supports Ethan’s decision to sign for Chelsea,” Exeter manager Paul Tisdale said on the club site.

“He had numerous options accessible to him and has chosen that Chelsea provides him with the best chance to develop the next step of his career. We wish him the very best of luck.”