Lampard: Chelsea boss blocked Derby move for Ampadu

Date published: Friday 14th September 2018 11:46

Derby boss and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has revealed that he had “a very short conversation” with Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri about 18-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu.

Lampard has taken Chelsea youngsters Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount on loan from the Blues this season but wanted to add the Welshman.

Ampadu has been much-discussed this week after a man-of-the-match display during Wales’ 4-1 win over the Republic of Ireland last week.

“I looked at him,” admitted Lampard. “I spoke to the (Chelsea) manager and he told me he wants him in their squad, so it was a very short conversation.

“I was very impressed with Sarri. I think he is a great manager, great character. He was very nice to me about it.

“Quite rightly, he probably wants Ampadu as part of his squad. He is a fantastic talent. It was a question (we asked), and we have fully moved on.”


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