Lewis Baker signs new long-term Chelsea contract before completing Middlesbrough loan switch

Lewis Baker of Vitesse Arnhem looks on during the Dutch KNVB Cup Semi-final match between Sparta Rotterdam and Vitesse Arnhem held at Het Kasteel or The Castle

The 22-year-old Luton born midfield ace is rated very highly by his club but could be permitted to leave Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal to ensure that he continues his development with regular first team football. He will join the Championship side on a two-year loan deal.

De Roon started Boro's first Championship game of the season, a 1-0 loss at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but has been allowed to re-join his old club. "Hopefully we can do that together".

The England Under-21 worldwide, 22, was part of Vitesse Arnhem's Dutch Cup winning side last season, scoring 10 goals in 33 league games.

"This opportunity arose and I thought it would be a great one for me", he said.

"I already know what the Championship is about".

De Roon made 33 appearances last season in the Premier League, scoring four goals as they were relegated. Now is a better time for Conte to use and develop young stars at the club as he has openly spoken about his frustration at the club's lack of transfer activity over the summer, and rather than sign new players he should look to his own development stars, like Baker.

Baker will now be a part of a strong Middlesbrough squad, who are widely backed to be promoted back to the Premier League this season under former Swansea and Leeds United manager Garry Monk.

Hopefully, he'll help propel his club straight back up to the Premier League.

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