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Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker has been on loan to six different teams in the last five years.
Baker is a product of the Chelsea academy and he was highly rated as a teenager. José Mourinho gave him his debut as he brought him on for three minutes at the end of an FA Cup third round game in 2014.
Baker spent the first few days of pre-season with Lampard and the first-team in Dublin but is set to leave on loan this summer.
Baker is closing in on a loan move to German side Fortuna Düsseldorf, who are looking to cover for Kevin Stöger’s second ACL tear in three years. Baker seems to already be in Düsseldorf and has observed the team both in training and during their friendly 1-1 draw against İstanbul Başakşehir on Saturday.
Now age 24, Baker has three years left on his Chelsea contract, and the loan move is not expected to include a buy-option.
Chelsea have lost a number of quality youngsters and the academy players are now looking forwarding to working with new boss Frank Lampard.
“The younger players now have a target: can you prove it that pre-season you are good enough to threaten the team,” Lampard said.
“Tammy [Abraham] did well with his energy and Michy [Batshuayi] was really good. It is the stuff I want.
“Mason [Mount] showed what I saw at Derby last season, him and Ross [Barkley].