Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker has revealed that he has been closely following his teammates Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas in training.
The 19-year-old midfielder’s services were retained over the summer by the Premier League club, and he was made part of the first team for the 2014-15 season.
The teenager has not yet made a league appearance for the Blues, but he has been training with the likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, John Terry and Didier Drogba.
However, it is midfield duo Matic and Fabregas from whom he is learning the most as he hopes to follow in their steps and establish himself as a Premier League star in the future.
‘Training with the likes of [Nemanja] Matic and Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea, I’m learning from the best and that’s what you want to do’, Baker told Thefa.com. ‘And being part of the [Chelsea] first team is a great honour for me.
‘But being called up to the Under-21s is another great achievement for me. It’s a good step, and a big step, and I just need to keep working hard and playing the way I play’.
Baker is said to be one of the more talented young English midfielders and has a bright future. Having featured for the England Under-19s and Under-20s already, he has now been drafted into the Under-21 team.
Learning from Matic and Fabregas is certainly going to be beneficial for Baker. While the former is arguably the best anchorman-in-midfield in England at the moment, the latter is a world-class box-to-box player.
Matic joined Chelsea from Benfica in January for a reported transfer fee of £21 million, while Fabregas cost the Blues a reported £27m to recruit from Barcelona in the summer. So far both have looked worth every penny of those lofty fees.