Lewis Bate posted an emotional farewell message on Instagram after his Chelsea exit was confirmed on Thursday, which prompted responses from the likes of John Terry and Timo Livramento.
Bate, 18, has completed a move today to Premier League rivals Leeds United.
The London-born midfielder has penned a three-year contract at Elland Road, ending his 10-year association with Chelsea.
He has featured on the Blues first-team bench before, but leaves without ever making his senior debut.
The left-footed central midfielder was a star last season though with the Under-23s side, so Leeds have got themselves a real gem with a lot of potential.
Unfortunately, Chelsea have lost a big talent. But, the club’s academy continues to do a stellar job nurturing players at Cobham and there are academy representatives in Thomas Tuchel’s squad.
Blues legend Terry, along with 18-year-old Chelsea prospect Livramento, both replied to Bate’s heartfelt social media post.
Lewis Bate can follow in Tariq Lamptey footsteps away from Chelsea
Chelsea’s academy has been unreal in the last few years, so at times some are going to get away.
Tariq Lamptey, who joined Brighton 18 months ago, decided to leave Chelsea because he was thirsty for first-team football.
The 20-year-old right-back has vindicated his decision by becoming a star at Brighton. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Reece James has been the full-back to come into the senior fold from the academy at Stamford Bridge.
There is every chance Bate can follow suit.
Some have been crying out for a Chelsea debut after watching him at youth level, which is why it will be no surprise to see him impress at Elland Road.
He looks like a perfect understudy to Kalvin Phillips for Leeds and everyone at Chelsea will be following his progress closely.
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