Chelsea won't let Lewis Baker join Nottingham Forest on loan

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Chelsea are refusing to let highly-rated midfielder Lewis Baker join Nottingham Forest on loan due to previous issues with the Championship club over late wage contribution payments.

The Nottingham Post reports that Stuart Pearce is keen to bring the Blues starlet to the City Ground, but the Premier League giants are unwilling to negotiate because of problems they incurred after sending Nathaniel Chalobah on a temporary stint there last season.

Jose Mourinho is open to the idea of letting Baker leave Stamford Bridge to gain experience of playing regular first-team football, but Forest is not a viable option due to the club's previously poor etiquette when it comes to honouring financial agreements.

The 19-year-old has been tipped for a bright future in the game, with the Portuguese tactician labelling the young prospect as a future England captain. But, with competition for places at Chelsea arguably at an all-time high - particularly in the player's preferred position - his immediate future might be better served away from west London.

Baker made his senior debut as an 87th minute substitute in last season's FA Cup third round victory over Derby County, however he's yet to feature for Chelsea in the Premier League.

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After joining the club at the age of nine in 2005 following a successful stint at Luton Town's centre of excellence, the England U20 international was picked up by the Blues where he has developed into an exciting prospect with great potential.

Mourinho even went as far as saying in an interview earlier this season that he should be blamed if Baker fails to become a full England international under his stewardship.

A spell in England's second tier is the most likely outcome for a player that is yet to leave Chelsea on a temporary basis over the past nine years, with promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough having been credited with an interest in taking him on loan.

First-team experience

Aitor Karanka has already negotiated a season-long deal for Baker's development squad team-mate Patrick Bamford, who has scored two goals in nine appearances for the Riverside Stadium outfit this term.

It remains to be seen whether Boro will reunite the two Chelsea academy graduates, but at least their chances of securing Baker's signature are significantly better than Nottingham Forest.

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