Welsh international Ethan Ampadu played for Chelsea in pre-season but has opted to go out on loan again to join Serie A new boys Unione Venezia, having spent last campaign with Sheffield United
Ethan Ampadu hopes he is walking on water again soon after going to Venice this season.
He was then sent off for Wales at the Euros against Italy and banned for their last 16 exit to Denmark.
But the versatile ace, 20, who can play in central defence or midfield, opted for a bold deadline day move to Italy.
Ampadu has joined newly-promoted promoted Unione Venezia, who have lost their opening two fixtures in Serie A, and he is in line for a debut this weekend away at Empoli.
Ampadu said: “I needed to get games this year. Hopefully I can do that.
“Serie A is a fantastic league, many top players have played there. It’s a very high level with a lot of very good teams. It’s going to be a great challenge but hopefully I can show what I can do over there.
“As players, you want to play football. It doesn’t matter if that is to keep your place for Wales or keep it week in, week out playing for the club.
“Either way, we want to play every game as we can.”
Ampadu played his first competitive game this season in Wales’ 0-0 World Cup qualifier draw against Estonia on Wednesday night, when he won his 27th cap.
He was disappointed compatriot and Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey was absent injured as he hoped to quiz him about life in Italy.
“Unfortunately he wasn’t here on this camp so I haven’t managed to speak to him face to face,” added Ampadu, who spent the 2019/20 season with RB Leipzig in Germany.
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“But whenever I have spoken to him he says the league is good and of a very high standard. It will be a good test.”
Ampadu clinched his move on deadline day from Wales’ international camp after discussing the switch with Dragons coach Rob Page.
Page assessed: “I think it is another great experience for him and another league. He is a talented player who needs to go out and play games.
“He is at a fantastic club in Chelsea but there is no point him staying there and playing under 23s football in my opinion.
“He has done the hard yards before and proven it and gone out and played Premier League football. Now I think this is the next best move for his development.
“I did speak to Ethan about this because it was deadline day and there was lots going on in his head.
“He had a couple of other options. It was a difficult time for him but I sat down with him and had discussions about it.
“I was there to listen and give advice. Ultimately they will make the final decision.”
And, of course, the move throws up the added bonus of a nice destination for anyone scouting Ampadu’s displays.
“That would be quite nice – what made you think I was thinking of that,” laughed Page