Ethan Ampadu off to Chelsea

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Do we know for sure that he didn't sign a contract? If he didn't, then there is no negotiation, is there? It's a set fee, isn't it?
The Club have said

was free to talk to other clubs having yet to sign scholarship forms at St James Park
 

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Very dissappointed with this transfer. Like others I hoped he would sign and stay a couple of years then move for a decent fee. I guess the lure of the bright lights was too much for the lad.

Still only a very slim chance of ever playing for their first team, Chelsea have the money to buy up young prospects and see if any actually mature into decent top level players. History suggests very few actually make it via this route.
 

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I think he's too young to go out on loan.
I think so to. The facilities they have at Cobham is phenomenal. It should keep him contented football wise until he's 18. Though it would be good to have him back.
 

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Maybe because I'm always a miserable ****er, but I always thought this was massive odds-on fave (actually to Arsenal rather than Chelsea), TBH he and his father have never said anything else, he was here to finish his education, that helps City get more money in compensation, and yet he was always going to a big club. I always gathered that was the deal. In the end he could have just left at 14 or younger,and we really would have got next to nothing, so don't slag him or his advisers off, the fact he played for us, and stayed with the academy that long, will mean more cash.

It's clearly far from ideal, but what the **** is when you meet with the Prem spending power.
 

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You can't blame the lad. Sadly the stats show that it's pretty much nailed on that he'll not get any opportunity to play for Chelsea in the first team but he'll get some invaluable experience along the way to signing for someone like MK Dons in 5 years. Lots of money too.

I think most people in his position may have done the same.
 

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You can't blame the lad. Sadly the stats show that it's pretty much nailed on that he'll not get any opportunity to play for Chelsea in the first team but he'll get some invaluable experience along the way to signing for someone like MK Dons in 5 years. Lots of money too.

I think most people in his position may have done the same.
Have to agree. Lots of money- indeed. A Prem manager was moaning recently about having to deal with teenage millionaire footballers who have never played any first team football. Can't blame Ethan for getting what will doubtless be a healthy contract that should set him up financially. The risk was that f he'd stayed at City and got a career ending injury then he'd miss out on the big bucks.
 

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Shame to see him go but wish him well, I would not have had Chelsea as a potential suitor, Think i would have preferred somewhere like Southampton, They have a brilliant academy and seem to have a real knack of developing young talent and so many of them see 1st team football and have moved on to bigger things, Chelsea on the other hand like to buy in talent and just farm off their youngsters to smaller clubs
 

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Unfortunately, the massive hike in transfer fees in the last few years means that Prem clubs can just hoover up as many youngsters as they want knowing that even if they never play for the first team then someone like Bournemouth will still shell out for them so they'll more than make their money back.

I was pleased when Chris Willock told Arsenal to do one and went to Benfica instead off signing another contract with them to play in their reserves and I hope more youngsters at Prem clubs do the same.
 
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It is my understanding that a substantial fee is being negotiated. Millions of pounds will be exchanged - the club will certainly profit substantially.
 

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At least this will raise the profile of our academy even higher and should help us compete to attract more talented youngsters.
Well Tis made that point in the article, and luckily enough because most 'papers just copy and paste articles nowadays, it's repeated in practically every follow-up article. Certainly helps us getting the news out first rather than Chelsea.
 

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It is my understanding that a substantial fee is being negotiated. Millions of pounds will be exchanged - the club will certainly profit substantially.
OK Dave. Seems everyone on here is really concerned about the money we might lose. Seeing as he was never our player, just sit back and see what unfolds. Anything is a bonus, and some of his performances early doors last season when we were struggling were already a gift.
 

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An English player sucked into the Chelsea system = waste of time.
 

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An English player sucked into the Chelsea system = waste of time.

Sorry to be pedantic, but I think you'll find he's Welsh in a football sense... If he's good enough he will find a career there, if not, he'll end up somewhere in the FL system
 
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Its a tough one this. On one hand I doubt he will ever play a game for Chelsea. On the other hand 'their' youth players usually end up getting decent football league careers elsewhere after top level coaching.

Personally if the option was there I would choose Arsenal or Liverpool or Spurs everytime ahead of the rest but who knows what options were available.
 
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