Antonio Conte was left convinced Ethan Ampadu is a Chelsea star in the making after his display against Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
The 17-year-old old centre-half, making only his fourth senior appearance, gave a calm and composed performance at the heart of Chelsea’s defence at Conte’s side secured semi final place thanks to Alvaro Morata’s late winner.
Ampadu, who made his full international debut for Wales last month, was booked early on and his manager was impressed by the way he dealt with that setback.
He said: ‘After one minute and 40 seconds the ref decided to book a player who is 17 years old. Ampadu played the whole game with this problem.
‘That’s not easy. He had to play 93 minutes with this danger, but he showed great maturity and personality.
‘I have spoken about this player before in an enthusiastic way. Despite his young age, he is showing great maturity.
‘I don’t like to make gifts for someone. If you deserve to, I am ready to play you.
‘He deserved to play tonight, he deserved to play against Everton, he deserved to play his first league game against Huddersfield.
‘Now he has to stay calm. Maybe next game he goes to play for the youth team, I don’t know. This player is very humble. He could have a great future, but he has to continue in this way.’