Maurizio Sarri has backed Ethan Ampadu to fill in the void of Cesc Fabregas in coming days.
Fabregas joined Monaco a few days ago and the Blues are expected to bring in replacements in this month. Leandro Paredes has been linked with the Blues and the West London giants could complete his signing very soon.
Ampadu is regarded as one of the hottest prospects to have emerged from the Blues academy in recent times and signed a long term contract to extend his association with the club last year.
Sarri hasn’t provided many chances to the teenager to prove his worth this season but the Italian certainly has some serious plans for the youngster in near future.
Sarri said, “I hope the same for [Ethan] Ampadu.
“Of course, playing as a central midfielder in our team is not easy.
We need to try and try and try in training, but I think that he is able to do it.
“In the future maybe he can step up, but we have to work.
“The player who plays in that position usually touches about 120, 130 balls [per game], so I think we need a specialist there.”