Chelsea teenager Lewis Bate has spoken about his experience of training with the first team and picked out N’Golo Kante as the midfielder he is learning from.
Several academy members have been invited to train with Frank Lampard’s first-team squad, including Armando Broja, Henry Lawrence, Tino Anjorin, Lewis Bate, Tino Livramento, Dynel Simeu and Ian Maatsen.
Bate, who is among those who has been picked out, said he was surprised when he got a call from the club doctor to take a COVID-19 test because he was to join the first-team training sessions.
The 17-year-old told Chelsea’s official website: “I thought it would be just in case they needed us but within two days I had joined in training in small groups at Cobham.
“I trained with them four times during the normal season and the tempo and quality is high but training with them day-in, day-out just highlights how much quality they have – even after three months without playing.”
As a centre-midfielder, Bate said he sees Kante as a role model and enjoys playing with and against him in training.
“N’Golo Kante is a central midfielder like me and I’m learning from him – the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch is good,” he said about the France international.
“One day I’ll be on the same team as him in training and the next day I’ll be up against him trying to play as the opposition do, which will only help make me a better player as I have to raise my game.”
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