Chelsea have announced that England Under-21 midfielder Lewis Baker is to spend a second season out on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem.
The 21-year-old made 34 appearances for the Dutch outfit last season, scoring five goals – including the club’s goal of the season – and will return as part of Chelsea’s ongoing link with Vitesse.
Baker has played just one game for the Blues’ first team, featuring as a substitute in an FA Cup tie against Derby, and he has previously spent time out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons.
“There was interest from several other clubs last summer but, together with my family and Chelsea, I have discussed the options and we all believed that another year at Vitesse was the best option,” he told Vitesse’s official website.
“After the season I was allowed to participate in the Toulon tournament, which was a successful tournament. I want to hold that form and take it to the next season.
“I want to keep developing myself and improve to hopefully play a good season…and I hope to contribute to the success of the club. “
Baker joins Brazilian Nathan in committing to a second successive campaign on loan to Vitesse from Stamford Bridge after the extension to the 20-year-old’s deal was announced in May.