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Ampadu speaks on 'amazing' Chelsea experience

17:42 GMT 22/12/2017
Ethan Ampadu
The youngster talks about life at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu is living his dream as he continues to stake a claim for a regular first team spot in Antonio Conte's outfit.

The Welsh-born of Ghanaian descent stole the headlines on Wednesday with a Man-of-The-Match performance against Bournemouth in the League Cup.

Despite a booking as early as the second minute, he lasted for the entire duration as the Blues registered a 2-1 win over The Cherries in the quarter-final fixture.

"You dream of making debuts for Wales and for Chelsea and moving to Chelsea in the summer, the team I supported as a kid, they are like dreams come true," Ampadu told the Blues' official website.

"Having joined Chelsea, I was in the Under-23s and the youth team and I was learning there, and then when I was invited over to train with the first team, that was another amazing experience for me. 

"Being young and training with all the players and the coaching staff and with the manager with what he has done in his coaching career and when he played, it is a really good experience."

It was only Ampadu's second first team start and fourth appearance since completing a move to the reigning Premier League champions in July.

"When I was speaking to Chelsea, everything seemed good. Everything seemed that I would develop as a player which is what I want to do. I want to be a better player so I can play for Chelsea," added, the versatile 17-year-old defensive midfielder.

"Speaking with the club, it seemed right, a gut feeling.

"I was always a Chelsea fan growing up, it was always a dream of mine to play for Chelsea and so when you get given the opportunity, you want to try to do that. I just liked Chelsea."

Born to a father of Ghanaian descent and a Welsh mother, Ampadu currently has two senior caps - both friendlies - for Wales.

Nonetheless, he is still eligible to represent Ghana, England and the Republic of Ireland at senior level due to his lack of competitive action for The Dragons.