Chelsea and Leeds have agreed deal for midfielder Bate
Leeds United have signed Lewis Bate from Chelsea for £ 1.5million
The 18-year-old midfielder was held in high regard at Stamford Bridge and there was hope that over the next 12 months he could develop enough to work his way up to the first team.
However, its potential was lured to Elland Road by the promise of a clearer path to first-team football, which will cost the club just over £ 1 million, and they are excited about the deal.
Leeds announced the deal on its official website: “Leeds United is pleased to announce the signing of Lewis Bate.
“The midfielder is moving from Premier League colleague Chelsea to the Whites for an undisclosed fee.
“Bate, who has attracted the interest of a number of clubs, has signed a three-year contract on Elland Road that runs through the summer of 2024.
“The 18-year-old has been part of the Chelsea youth team for the past 10 years and was the captain of the Blues in the 2020 FA Youth Cup final.
“He made the move into U23 football last season and played 20 games when Chelsea finished second in the Premier League 2 Division 1.
“He has also won youth-level internationals for England in both the U17 and U18 teams.
“Bate is Leeds’ fifth signing in the summer transfer window with the arrival of Junior Firpo, Jack Harrison, Shaun McGurk and Amari Miller.
“He will initially connect with Mark Jackson’s U23 for the coming season.”
This will be a big blow to Chelsea as they had high hopes for the boy but he will get more first-team experience with Leeds so it could be a very smart move by the boy.
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