Tue 19 July 2022 | 13:29

Ampadu admits he needs Chelsea game-time ahead of the World Cup

Wales qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 against the United States on November 21, and despite being a regular for Wales, Ethan Ampadu hopes to play a part there knowing that he needs regular game-time at Chelsea to guarantee a spot.

Chelsea and Wales defender

Ethan Ampadu

, made 29 Serie A appearances during his loan spell at Venezia last season. However, he couldn't help them avoid relegation from the Italian top flight as they ended at the bottom of the Serie A table.

The Wales international, who already has 36 senior caps at the age of 21, is eyeing a breakthrough campaign at Stamford Bridge. Being asked whether he hoped for a long-term future with


in his interview with

the Athletic

, the Welshman said:

"Of course – I'm here, aren't I?

"This club fights for everything, Champions League, Premier League. It's all about fighting here and trying to get to the top.

"There are a few of us with that same mindset that want to break through. We're out here now and it's our chance to show it.

"Like every footballer out there, my dream is to be at the top. I don't think that's a bad thing to say and dream, everyone wants to be at the top. It's about fighting and getting towards that."


Losing Christensen to Barcelona and Rudiger to Real Madrid,

the Blues

signed Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly and are being linked with Paris Saint-Germain's Presnel Kimpembe. Ampadu will face fierce competition to force his way into Thomas Tuchel as despite being a regular for Wales, he recognizes the importance of playing regularly to play a part in Wales's long-awaiting World Cup.


The World Cup adds something else, but even if there wasn't the World Cup, as a professional footballer you want to play,"



"I enjoy playing and I want to be playing week in, week out. But the World Cup is definitely something you want to be going to feeling fit and fresh."



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source: the Athletic

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