Chelsea’s junior international Lewis Baker has signed a season-long loan deal with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, according to the Daily Star.
Baker, who has featured for the England Under-20 side, is a well known figure in the Chelsea youth set up, and previously had loan spells at both Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons before sealing this new loan move to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.
The 20-year old only played once for the EPL champions, and that was in an FA Cup match against Derby last season. Chelsea relationship with the Dutch club is well documented, with some of the English club’s young players having featured for Vitesse Arnhem. Some players that featured for the Dutch club last season were took Bertrand Traore, Josh McEachran and Wallace.
Confirming the transfer of the youth international, the Blues wrote on their website: “We have agreed terms with Vitesse Arnhem for Lewis Baker to spend the 2015/16 season on loan at the Dutch club.”
The 20-year old is rated as one of the bright prospects in the current youth set up of the club, and could well be one of the payers to make the step up to the first team of Chelsea in the next couple of seasons from now.
Two seasons ago, a couple of players were sent out on loan to the Dutch club based on the relationship that exists between owners of both clubs. Some of the players that went out on loan then were Lucas Piazon, Sam Hutchinson and Christian Atsu.
The Russian owner of Vitesse, Aleksandr Tsjigirinski, is reportedly a good friend of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.