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Neil Warnock hints at interest in signing Chelsea and Wales starlet Ethan Ampadu on loan

Neil Warnock has dropped a hint over a possible loan move for Chelsea starlet Ethan Ampadu.

The Cardiff City boss made the headlines this week for his criticism of Chelsea following his failed attempt to sign Tammy Abraham on loan in the summer.

Warnock revealed he was left disappointed with the Premier League giants after being told he would be kept in touch in regards to Tammy Abraham’s future.

He wasn’t kept in the loop by the Blues, and Abraham went on to join Championship club Aston Villa while Cardiff were left waiting.

But that hasn’t deterred the Bluebirds boss in his attempts to sign a Chelsea youngster on loan this season.

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He revealed this morning that he would like to sign Wales international and Chelsea midfielder Ethan Ampadu on loan in January if the opportunity arises.

“I think they should loan us him,” said Warnock.

“Like Tammy Abraham, that was out this week. If they could get good players playing in the Premier League, that would benefit their development.

“Managers now, you have such a short time span in your job, you don’t worry about kids. When you can spend £150 million, you’re not going to worry about leaving out kids.”

Ampadu turns 18 today and he is coming off the back of an international break with Wales in which he shone once again.

The midfielder enjoyed his best game yet in a Wales shirt during the 4-1 win over Republic of Ireland and he also featured in the defeat in Denmark.

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Neil Warnock watched those games and he offered an assessment of the youngster’s ability. He added: “He plays the game simple.

“He will have to quicken up a little bit, when he gets higher up but that’s the whole object of playing games. When you play with the type of players he plays with, it does help his education.

“I think he is ready to play in the Premier League, as I thought Tammy was. I thought they would be two good players (to sign).

“I’ll be speaking to someone at Chelsea about one or two things.”

Warnock also added more on his comments this week, when he expressed his disappointment with Chelsea over the signing of Tammy Abraham.

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The 69-year-old added: “I spoke to Eddie Newton who is in charge of the loan deals and I was told I would be kept in touch, but I wasn’t.

“The situation developed and I think at this level the least you should to is make a phone call.

“Surely playing for us 20 or 30 times in the Premier League would have far improved him, no disrespect to the Championship.”