Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has advised youngster Ethan Ampadu, whose father of Ghanaian descent is a youth team coach at Arsenal, to concentrate on his studies after reports suggested last week that Chelsea are planning to snaffle him in a £2.5 million deal.
The 16-year-old has been impressive for the League Two outfit after making nine appearances this season including a Checkatrade Trophy game against Chelsea’s junior side, from where the Blues picked interest in him.
“He’s got to concentrate this year on his GCSEs. He’s a member of our first-team, and any business that Exeter City decide to do will not be conducted in the press” Tisdale told The Express.
“At this stage, he belongs to Exeter City. We continue to produce with frequency players who are technically able.
“It increases all the time and the basic ability level of players is rising all the time,” he added.
Tisdale also showered praise on Exeter youth team coach Simon Hayward for Ampadu’s progress at the junior level.
“It’s to the credit of Simon Hayward and the academy set up and the coaches who work with him,” he said.
Ampadu was born in England but has represented Wales at the Under-19 level due to his mother’s Welsh ancestry.
However, he is still eligible to play for Ghana, where his paternal grandparents hailed from.
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