Ethan Ampadu has been backed to become a better player than Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey by Wales U15 and U16 education and welfare officer Cledwyn Ashford.
Ampadu joined Chelsea in 2017 and made seven appearances for them last season but is yet to play this term.
But Ashford has no doubts about his quality and believes he will develop into one of the best.
Ashford told FC Cymru: “He is a tremendous young man, one of the politest young men you’re likely to meet. You remember certain players when you see them for the first time.
“Straight away you could see the excitement on the coaches’ faces and you could see he has such balance, vision.
“He’s strong and when he’s on the pitch he commands, can battle with anyone, so sophisticated how he does things, looks at things,
“Off the pitch, he 100 per cent looks after himself, listens to coaches, behaves himself. He is a lovely lad.
“I’ve worked with people like the late Gary Speed, who was an outstanding player. I’ve worked with others who have come through the system, seen others develop, seen Aaron Ramsey at that age.
“And for me Ethan is as good if not better because he has something quite special.
“He has an ability but also an attitude,and I’m sure in the future, if he’s still there he’ll become a Chelsea captain and I’m sure he’ll become a Welsh captain.
“I expect great things of Ethan Ampadu.”
Hazard on captaincy
Eden Hazard’s future at Chelsea will not be decided over whether or not he is named captain by boss Maurizio Sarri.
Sarri revealed last week he is ready to announce who will be the captain after considering the role for several weeks.
And the Telegraph says Hazard will not make a decision about staying at the club based on the captaincy and it is expected Cesar Azpilicueta will be given the nod when Sarri informs the players.
Danny Drinkwater will not force an exit from Chelsea despite being out of the picture under Maurizio Sarri.
The 28-year-old has played just 30 minutes of football for Chelsea this season as he struggles to break into Sarri’s XI.
Drinkwater is not in Chelsea’s Europa League squad and won’t feature against Hungarian side MOL Vidi.
But the Telegraph say Drinkwater is prepared to wait until the end of the season if he is unable to move in the January transfer window.