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Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on Wednesday completed a move to Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan for the 2019/20 season.
Baker who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough and Reading, has been unable to get a place in the Chelsea senior team since graduating from the academy.
Baker has been with Chelsea since the age of nine, with the 5’10” midfielder working his way through the academy, before making his Chelsea debut in an FA Cup tie at Derby County in January 2014, and reports in Germany claim Fortuna Düsseldorf have the option to buy the former England U21 midfielder.
Explaining his move to Fortuna Duesseldorf, the 24-year-old told the official Chelsea website: “I am very happy that it has finally worked out after the negotiations in the last few days.
“I cannot wait to join my new team and meet everyone. It will be an exciting challenge for me to play in the Bundesliga. For me, the Bundesliga is one of the top leagues in the world.”
Fortuna finished 10th in the Bundesliga last season, their highest finish in the German top flight since 1990, and their sporting director, Lutz Pfannenstiel, hopes the addition of Baker can help the team to improve further.
“I know and have watched Lewis Baker since he was in the youth team at Chelsea FC. At Vitesse Arnhem, he was one of the outstanding midfielders in the Eredivisie at a young age,” said Pfannenstiel.
“He brings everything you need as a central midfielder. He is strong, dynamic and dangerous. I am sure that he will set new standards in the Bundesliga and will do well for our creative game.”