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Romano: Chelsea loanee’s contract at Serie A side does not have a boy option



Ethan Ampadu in action for Wales. (Photo by JOHN THYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Transfer News: Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu does not have a buy option in his loan contract

The Ethan Ampadu deal between Chelsea and Spezia Calcio does not include any buy option, journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed through his Twitter account.

The 22-year-old centre-back is on a season-long loan at the Italian side. There is only a loan fee and bonus included, not the initial €15 million buy option.

Such news will be a welcome one, especially among the fans. With no buy-option included, it would indicate that the centre-back has a future at the west London club.

Ampadu has only made 12 appearances for the Blues in all competitions, since joining the club from Exeter City in 2017. He has gone on loan to three different clubs, with Spezia being his fourth.

The Wales international was a hit last season in Serie A, when he spent the season on loan at Venezia. There the defender made 30 appearances in all competitions, mostly playing as a defensive midfielder.

It seemed he would have a shot at making the bench for Chelsea this season, but that was not the case. The club is filled with experienced defenders and it was wise for Ampadu to seek to ply his trade elsewhere.

 Ethan Ampadu is on loan at Spezia. (imago Images)
Ethan Ampadu is on loan at Spezia. (imago Images)

A loan move benefits the player too. He gets to play a lot, something that would not have been the case at Chelsea. Also, the 22-year-old needs to be in good shape if he wants to start for his country at the World Cup in November. The centre-back is likely to be named in the World Cup squad.

The centre-back will look to impress this season too. A good display at the World Cup and on loan would certainly not go unnoticed by Graham Potter and co.

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Ampadu last played for Chelsea in the Premier League almost five years ago. He came on as a substitute in the 3-1 win against Huddersfield Town in December 2017.

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