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Izzy Brown has joined Leeds United on season-long loan from Chelsea, as the Championship side confirmed  via official statement.

The 21-year-old, who’s currently recovering from a serious knee injury, was crucial for Huddersfield Town in getting the promotion to Premier League back in 2016/17 season.

Brown said: “The decision was easy. I can’t wait to see what this season brings us, it’s going to be a good one”.

The Chelsea youngster then reunites with Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker, who have been both loaned to Marcelo Bielsa’s side earlier this summer. Leeds United are currently enjoying an impressive start to the season after getting 13 points from 5 games so far.

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Chelsea 23-year-old midfielder has today completed his move to Elland Road as he put the pen to paper on a season-long deal with Championship side Leeds United.

An official statement read: “Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Lewis Baker from Premier League side Chelsea. The midfielder has joined Leeds on a season-long loan deal and becomes the club’s first arrival of the summer transfer window”.

Baker, who joined Chelsea in 2005, spent 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons on loan with Vitesse Arnhem and Middlesbrough respectively.

Newly-appointed manager Marcelo Bielsa will help Lewis Baker in his development.

The Chelsea loanee told Leeds’ official website: “I was on holiday and I was ready to come back. They came up and showed over the plan, this is a massive club with amazing history. This sounds like a great opportunity for me”.  

“I saw the plan they prepared for this season, bringing in a massive manager and director of football. He has got a good aspiration for the season, he managed some of the best players in the world. We definitely want to challenge and think on promotion”.

 

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Midfielder Lewis Baker joins Championship‘s side Boro on a season-long loan.

The young Chelsea midfielder, who played the last two seasons with Dutch team Vitesse has also signed a new five-year contract with the Blues.

Baker was included in the England squad who played this summer’s European u21 Championhips.

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Chelsea young star Lewis Baker is close to join Middlesbrough on loan.

The 22-year-old was targeted also by Reading and Birmingham City but Boro are currently in pole position to sign him.

He would join the Garry Monk‘s side to replace Marten De Roon, who is set to return to Atalanta.

Baker has kicked on at Vitesse Arnhem since 2015 and scored 10 goals for the Dutch top-flight side last season.

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After spending his last season on loan at Vitesse, Lewis Baker his training with Chelsea in the pre-season and he feels good ahead of the new season despite admitting the Asian tour was very tough.

“It’s been a good couple of weeks for us in Asia”, – Baker told Chelsea official website -. “A couple of disappointing results but pre-season is really about getting our fitness levels up and coming together as a team. The training has been tough especially in the heat but it’s been good for us and we should be ready for the Community Shield now. After beating the Gunners in Beijing, the team spent a week in Singapore, regularly training twice a day and playing testing matches against Bayern and Inter in the International Champions Cup Singapore. It’s a long way to travel but I really enjoyed spending a week in Singapore. It’s a nice place, the facilities are good and we’ve been treated very well”.

Cesc Fabregas just posted a photo of Chelsea squad leaving for China on his Instagram account.

Besides the Spanish midfielder in the picture we recognize Courtois, Willian, Caballero, Batshuayi, Pedro, Davis Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Kenedy, Lewis Baker,  Remy, Christensen, Scott, Kalas, Pasalic, Clarke-Salter, Boga, Musonda.

As we said today new signings Tiemoué Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger didn’t travel as they are recovering from minor injuries, Eden Hazard stayed in London to have a better recovery for his fractured ankle injury, Nemanja Matic didn’t travel since he can sign for another team in the next days ( Man United?) and Diego Costa is still on his break in Brazil since he is out of the squad and ready for a return to Atletico Madrid.

The team will do a stop-over in Dubai before continuing their journey to Bejing, where they will play against Arsenal next Saturday.

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Chelsea will then travel to Singapore where they will face Bayern Munich ( 25 July) and Inter ( 29 July) in the last two friendly games of this pre-season.

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Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker was one of the protagonist of England U21‘s win in a friendly game against Italy last night in Southampton.

The striker, playing on loan to Vitesse Arnhem this season, scored the 2-2 equaliser at 60′ with a great shot, while Stephens scored the winner at 93′.

Another Chelsea youngster, Nathaniel Chalobah, was also a starter in the game.

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England U21 won Toulon Tournament against France, beating the host 2-0 in the final with goals by two Chelsea youngsters: Lewis Baker and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The duo impressed all over the entire competition: Baker was the top scorer with 4 goals while the midfielder was voted as the best player of the tournament.

Also Nathaniel Chalobah impressed and was included in the top 11 of the tournament.

A good news for next Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, that now knows he can count on these youngsters to build his next team.

Many future top players made an impact at Toulon all over the years: James Rodriguez,  Javier Mascherano, Thierry Henry, Rui Costa and Alan Shearer are among those.

Last England win in this tournament was in 1994, where the U21 national team was captained by Jamie Redknapp.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek celebrates his first goal with Chesea first team © Francesca Ceciarini

England U21 will debut tonight in Toulon’s tournament and four Chelsea youngsters are starting in the match against Portugal U21.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker, Kasey Palmer and Nathaniel Chalobah are among the players chosen by Under 21 coach Gareth Southgate to face the Portuguese team.

Here are the line-ups in full, kick off at 6.30 pm:

ENGLAND – Pickford – Iorfa, Chambers, Hause, Chilwell – Chalobah, Ward-Prowse (c.), Loftus-Cheek, Baker – Watmore, Palmer

PORTUGAL- Pereira – Hildeberto, Dias, Verdasca, Henrique – Costa, Horta, Gomes, Rodrigues – Baldé (c.), Silva

 

 

 

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