'See you' - Leeds United silence broken on play-off final loss with a nod to next season's plans

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-Credit: (Image: Jacques Feeney/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Unfinished business is on Ethan Ampadu’s mind as Leeds United’s stand-in skipper virtually confirms he has no interest in moving away after last month’s promotion failure. The Wales international has addressed his Wembley heartache for the first time and told the Whites faithful he will be seeing them next season.

The 23-year-old was a key player in Daniel Farke’s first season at the helm and played all 49 Championship games, with the majority in 2024 played as captain. In the absence of Liam Cooper, Luke Ayling and Pascal Struijk, it was Ampadu who was leading the side on the pitch as they chased down their Premier League aim.

However, they came up short in the national stadium last month, when Ampadu was visibly emotional after playing a part in the only goal of the game for Southampton. There are another three years to run on the contract the former Chelsea man signed last summer, but missing out on promotion always raises fears players will want to leave.

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Taking to social media, Ampadu has reaffirmed his commitment to the cause and promised supporters United will be back from August to make amends. He also thanked them for their backing over the past 10 months.

“We will be back,” he said. “Gutted to end it like that, but [a] massive thank you for all your support this season. See you next season.”

Ampadu was one of only six outfield players to start the 46 regular league games last term in the second tier. It was, by far, the most football Ampadu has played in a senior season since breaking through at Exeter City as a 15-year-old.