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Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu was not part of the travelling party to Japan.
Ampadu impressed in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against Bohemians in Dublin but didn’t feature in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over St Patrick’s.
Shortly after arriving in Japan, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard explained why Ampadu didn’t travel to Japan.
According to Lampard, he’s a big fan of Ampadu and tried to get him on loan last season at Derby County. Lampard believes it is best for the player to get regular football away from Stamford Bridge for the campaign.
“Ethan’s not injured,” Lampard said.
“We are looking at the possibility of Ethan going on loan for the season. 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 a lot of games somewhere could be good for him. That’s not done yet but we haven’t brought him here while that’s up in the air.
“I really wanted to work with Ethan this year. That’s a slight disappointment, but it’s to benefit of him. In midfield and defence we have a lot of quality, so each player is a case by case.”
Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Ampadu, who has played 12 times for Chelsea’s first team. He made his debut in December 2017 and featured five times under Maurizio Sarri last season.