The German media outlet claim the midfielder has been ‘kept in hiding’ by the Bundesliga outfit as they look to work out a loan move.
Fortuna are believed to prefer to include a clause allowing them to turn a deal into a permanent acquisition, but the report suggests the Blues do not appear to be favourable to that idea.
Baker was one of the eight men to have been sent home early from Chelsea’s pre-season tour this summer (Sky Sports), so it is hardly a surprise to hear that a loan move is on the cards.
The 24-year-old has played just once for Chelsea’s first-team (a three-minute cameo in a 2013/14 FA Cup tie) since being at the club since 2005 (BBC) and has gone on to represent a number of different clubs via various loan spells, with the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Vitesse Arnhem and Middlesbrough.
Last season, he spent time at Leeds United and Reading after Chelsea recalled him from his loan deal at Elland Road prematurely. Marcelo Bielsa even admitted at the time that he was disappointed to lose Baker.
He was quoted as saying by Leeds Live: “Maybe he felt we did not value him at the right level. The only time I talked to him about this subject I not only told him I wanted him to stay with us, I told him even into the next year I wanted to keep him, but I understand he took another decision.”
Although Lampard has admitted there is an emphasis on youth and that everyone has the chance to break into the first-team, it appears Baker’s race has been run and that his future currently lies elsewhere.
With the abundance of talent in the senior side that Chelsea already have available to them in the centre of midfield, such as the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic, it would have always been difficult to see the 24-year-old adding to the one appearance he made back in 2014.
As the report by Bild suggests that the Blues are not favourable to an option of a permanent clause, Baker could give himself a chance of playing at Stamford Bridge in the future if he were to put in an impressive campaign for Fortuna in the Bundesliga.
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