OFFICIAL announcement made after midfielder OFFICIALLY completes three-year Chelsea transfer deal
Leeds United have completed the signing of Lewis Bate from Chelsea for £1.5 million
The 18-year-old midfielder was highly regarded at Stamford Bridge and there was a hope that he could develop enough over the next 12 months to work his way into that first team.
However, his potential has been lured to Elland Road by the promise of a clearer pathway to first-team football in a deal that will cost the club just over £1 million, and they are delighted with the deal.
Leeds have announced the deal on their official website, saying: “Leeds United are pleased to announce the signing of Lewis Bate.
“The midfielder joins the Whites from fellow Premier League side Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.
“Bate, who attracted interest from a number of clubs, has penned a three-year-deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2024.
“The 18-year-old has been part of the Chelsea youth setup for the last 10 years and captained the Blues in the 2020 FA Youth Cup final.
“Last season he made the step up to Under-23s football, making 20 appearances as Chelsea finished runners-up in Premier League 2 Division 1.
“He has also won caps at youth level for England at both Under-17 and Under-18 level.
“Bate becomes Leeds’ fifth signing of the summer transfer window, following the arrivals of Junior Firpo, Jack Harrison, Shaun McGurk and Amari Miller.
“He will initially link up with Mark Jackson’s Under-23s for the forthcoming season.”
This will come as a massive blow to Chelsea as they had high hopes for the lad, but he will get more first team experience with Leeds, so it may be a very smart move from the lad.