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Chelsea agree terms for Exeter City youngster Ethan Ampadu

Exeter City defender Ethan Ampadu is to join Premier League champions Chelsea, with a compensation package for the youngster currently being discussed.

Exeter City have revealed that young defender Ethan Ampadu will join Chelsea once an agreement can be reached over his compensation fee.

Despite being aged just 16, Ampadu featured 13 times for the Grecians last season and has previously undergone trials with Manchester United and Arsenal.

The Wales Under-19s international had yet to sign scholarship terms at St James Park, allowing him to speak to interested teams, and it has now been confirmed that he is on his way to Chelsea.

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale told the club's official website: "Everyone at Exeter City fully supports Ethan's decision to sign for Chelsea. He had many options available to him and has decided that Chelsea provides him with the best opportunity to develop the next step of his career. We wish him the very best of luck.

"Ethan has shown real maturity and professionalism throughout last season, balancing his school work with his training at Exeter City. At the same time, he has represented Wales at different age groups. We thank him for his contribution on the pitch and feel very proud of what he has become.

"Our academy should again be mentioned for the excellent work it does in not only nurturing talented footballers, but also well-rounded individuals. Ethan is another in a long line of home grown players to graduate through our academy into our first team. At Exeter City FC we will continue to support our youth system by encouraging and promoting our young players into competitive senior football when they are ready."

Ampadu, named Wales's Young Player of the Year for 2016, has also previously been linked with a move to Premier League club Liverpool.

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Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale looks on prior to the Sky Bet League Two match between Northampton Town and Exeter City at Sixfields Stadium on August 15, 2015
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