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Wales manager Chris Coleman believes Chelsea have already found David Luiz’s heir in Ethan Ampandu.
Ampadu joined Chelsea from Exeter City in the summer and have already begun training with the first team.
Despite just clocking seventeen a fortnight ago, Ampandu has already been part of Wales first team and his national team boss has backed him to become a big player in the future.
Chelsea fans also have high hope in the young defender and has dubbed him the next David Luiz because they both carry the same hairstyle. However Coleman sees their similarity beyond that.
“He’s very similar to David Luiz. Look at young Ampadu’s style of play; he’s a stylish centre-back or holding midfielder,” The Sun quotes him as saying.
“He’s very good on the ball, excellent in possession but he’s a good defender as well. For someone so young he reads the game really well and that’s what is really attractive for a club like Chelsea.
“He’s a very good player and I can see why Chelsea have targeted him. The track record at Chelsea of the kids coming through has been tough. It’s been quite scarce. Who is to say he will be different? I was up at Anfield watching Liverpool against Crystal Palace recently and the boy [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek was playing. He came through Chelsea’s academy and he looked very good – very impressive.
“So they have produced good players. It’s just not so many have come through to their first team. Ethan was always going to end up at one of the big clubs. It’ll be up to him whether he is going to come through at Chelsea. Looking at him now, he’s showing all the signs of being a top level defender.”
Chelsea and Exeter are yet to agree a fee for Ampandu and if a compromise can’t be reached, they will both head to a tribunal which will determine how much we’ll have to pay.