Chelsea youngster signs five-year contract extension before joining Championship side

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

Yet another Chelsea player has signed a new contract before heading out on loan, with confirmation that highly-rated midfielder Lewis Baker has signed a new five-year contract before dropping down a division to join Championship promotion favourites Middlesbrough.

Baker may be allowed out on loan by Chelsea this season, and Birmingham and Boro are both keen to give him a new home.

"I'm here to give my input and hopefully get the club back to the Premier League".

"I already know what the Championship is about".

To date, the midfielder has made just one solitary appearance for Chelsea's first-team - totalling three minutes when he came on against Derby County in January 2014 - and can look to hopefully impress Antonio Conte with this latest loan spell.

If Baker was to move to Boro he would be another notable addition for Garry Monk's side.

Lewis Baker scored 10 league goals last season.

Darren Randolph, Ashley Fletcher, Martin Braithwaite, Cyrus Christie and Jonny Howson have also joined the Teessiders this summer. One may presume, therefore, that the clubs have some sort of provision in place for a second year on loan if Middlesbrough are promoted, as Baker ideally shouldn't be spending more than a season in the Championship.

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