Antonio Conte sends clear message to Chelsea FC fans about Ethan Ampadu
Antonio Conte explains why he's so excited about Ethan Ampadu's development at Chelsea FC
Antonio Conte has said that Ethan Ampadu deserves chances to impress in the first team for Chelsea FC following his hard work this season.
Ampadu has been getting used to life at Stamford Bridge after having signed for the Blues from Exeter City in the summer transfer window.
The 17-year-old has already made a handful of first-team appearances this season, featuring five times in the first team for Conte’s men.
Ampadu started Chelsea’s FA Cup third-round replay clash against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Conte has regularly spoken about his delight with the way Ampadu has been developing at the west London club in recent weeks.
And the Chelsea boss has once again hailed the teenager as one of the Blues’ most promising talents.
Speaking at a news conference before the clash against Norwich, Conte said: “He deserves to play. He’s showing that in every game I make this decision, like against Everton and Bournemouth.
“He’s shown me he is ready to play with the right concentration and be ready physically and tactically to play at this level.
“It’s unusual for a player who is only 17 but that shows age is not important if I give you the chance to play and you repay me with a great performance.
“We are talking about a really great prospect for Chelsea for the present and future.”
Chelsea, who won the title in style last term, now switch their attentions back to Premier League affairs and their trip to Brighton on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues are aiming to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after their goalless draw with Leicester City at Stamford Bridge last weekend caused them to drop down into fourth place in the table.