Derby County manager Frank Lampard has admitted that he tried and failed to convince his former club to loan Ethan Ampadu to his side in the summer.
Frank Lampard signed a three-year deal with Derby in May to signal his first foray into management, and he wasted little time in using his contacts to make signings.
The Rams signed Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori on loan from Chelsea with the 19-year-old midfielder making an exceptional start with four goals and an assist in eight games.
If England legend Lampard had got his way, Ethan Ampadu might have been the third Chelsea youngster to join his club, however, Maurizio Sarri knocked back the offer as he wanted him in his first-team this season.
‘I looked at him (Ampadu). I spoke to the (Chelsea) manager, and he told me he wants him in their squad, so it was a very short conversation,’ Lampard admitted. ‘I was very impressed with Sarri. I think he is a great manager, great character. He was very nice to me about it.
‘Quite rightly, he probably wants Ampadu as part of his squad. He is a fantastic talent. It was a question (we asked), and we have fully moved on.’