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Nothing could be done to keep Blues academy product Tariq Lamptey at Chelsea, as the youngster refused to sign a new contract with the club, and left in January, for a meagre fee of £3m, with just six months left on his deal.
Lamptey left Chelsea for Brighton, and he’s already being hailed as one of the most exciting right-backs in the Premier League, with such an extraordinary pace.
The 19-year-old has been one of the best players for the Seagulls this season, and he has revealed why he left Chelsea so early in his career.
Not content with being third choice to Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James, Lamptey opted to leave and build his career as quickly as possible.
“I had been there from a really young age so it was not an easy decision to make but you get to a point where you look at what the best thing is for your career and you speak to your family members and the people around you who help you and how you can take your game to the next level and how you can improve,” Lamptey told the Telegraph.
“As I person I am a really ambitious boy. I am not one to sit back and rest on my laurels.
“I want to keep going and keep driving forward so I felt it was the right time for me to make the move and come to a club like Brighton which hopefully can give me the opportunity to develop into the player I know I can be.”
Lamptey was so impressive in the opening game of the season against Chelsea, and Blues fans have been ruing their loss, as he kept impressing game after game.