Chelsea fans will have seen a familiar face in the RB Leipzig side on Wednesday night as they faced Tottenham in the Champions League.
Ethan Ampadu, who joined the German side on loan at the start of the season, was handed a rare start at the heart of defence with a number of players unavilable.
Time on the pitch has been hard for the 19-year-old to come by this term and his appearance at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was only his seventh for the Bundesliga high-flyers.
Making an impression at Stamford Bridge following his move from Exeter City, Ampadu will be hoping he is the next youngster to force his way into Frank Lampard’s plans with the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham currently thriving in west London.
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With RB Leipzig until the end of the campaign, the Welsh international has outlined his plans once his time at the Red Bull Arena comes to an end.
“I am always watching Chelsea and seeing what is going on,” he said after the game. “It is good to see the young players are shining at the moment. They are in the top four so fingers crossed they can hold on to that.
“I would like to go back, I aim to, but right now I am focused on Leipzig and finishing the season.”
Chelsea would definitely have liked their man to have played more out in Germany but Ampadu has indicated that he is learning despite his lack of minutes.
“I have not played as much as I would have liked to, but I am definitely learning in training and working hard,” added the versatile player.
“[Jose] Mourinho said it, the quality of our play might goes under-rated because people might not know the name of Leipzig so much but hopefully people saw that we have a lot of quality.”