JUST IN: RB Leipzig confirm the signing of Chelsea star

German Bundesliga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 22/07/2019

RB Leipzig has confirmed the signing of Ethan Ampadu from the Chelsea on a season-long loan for the 2019-20 campaign.

The 18-year-old Wale international joined the Blues from Exeter in 2017 but failed to make a Premier League appearance last season after signing a new five-year deal in September 2018.

Ampadu told RB Leipzig official website: "I am very happy to be at RB Leipzig and start the season with the team. I want to get to know the team as quickly as possible and integrate myself.

I've been following the club in recent years and saw how fantastic young players have come to develop here and what potential there is in this club. So it's the perfect step for me. "

Sporting Director Markus Krosche said: "We are very pleased to have won Ethan Ampadu for a one-year loan. He has only 18 years of international experience and can play both in the defense and in the defensive midfield.

"Despite many English offers, Ethan has decided to join us, and we now have another top talent in our ranks that is versatile enough to give our squad even more variation. "

Ampadu has been handed number 26 jersey and he will have a taste of Champions League action with the loan move to Leipzig as they finished third in the Bundesliga last season.