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Vitesse stint helping craft Chelsea youngster Baker

Lewis Baker is confident his time with Vitesse Arnhem will assist him greatly in becoming a Chelsea first-team player.


The 20-year-old midfielder is on a season-long loan with Vitesse and he believes his experiences in the Dutch Eredivisie will prepare him for the rigours of Premier League football.

Baker was back in the England U21 setup for the first time in 12 months over the weekend, as Gareth Southgate's men prepare for Tuesday's Euro2017 qualifier with Kazakhstan, and spoke positively of his time at the GelreDome where he continues to hone his craft alongside fellow Chelsea youngsters Dom Solanke, Izzy Brown, Nathan and Danilo Pantic.

"I'm really enjoying it, the football is slightly different and is a lot more technical and tactical out there," he told TheFA.com.

"When we play the bigger teams, it's also a physical game and I think I'm going to learn a lot out there.

"I've already learned a lot in the first few months and hopefully that can increase and next season, I'll return to Chelsea as a better player.

"The Eredivisie is a top league and I think it's a good learning place for me, on the pitch and off the pitch, seeing different cultures and the way players live with the different playing styles.

"It can all just help you as a professional and add little bits to your game."

Andrew Slevison
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