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Lewis Baker has left Chelsea to join Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf on a season-long loan, with the Bundesliga side having an option to buy the midfielder.
His loan move to Fortuna Dusseldorf is his seventh loan spell, having also played in the Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem, alongside spells in England with Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons, Middlesbrough, Leeds United and Reading.
Baker has been with Chelsea since the age of nine and made his debut in an FA Cup tie at Derby County in January 2014. The midfielder spent the first half of last term at Leeds before switching to fellow Championship side Reading, making a combined 33 appearances.
Fortuna’s sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel has admitted he has monitored Baker right from his days with the Chelsea academy.
He revealed the German club signed Baker because he has everything needed in a central midfielder.
“I know and watch Lewis Baker since his youth at Chelsea,” he said.
“At Vitesse Arnhem, he was one of the outstanding midfielders in the Eredivisie at a young age. He brings everything you need as a central midfielder. Baker is strong, dynamic and dangerous.
“I am sure that he will do well for our creative game.”