Leeds completes signing Chelsea star Lewis Bate

Leeds completes signing of Chelsea star Lewis Bate as the England youth international puts pen to paper on a three-year deal after a £1.5million move to Elland Road

  • Leeds have completed signing Chelsea star Lewis Bate for £1.5million
  • The 18-year-old midfielder has agreed a three-year deal to move to Elland Road
  • The Yorkshire club has beaten a host of Premier League rivals for the starlet

Leeds have completed the signing of Lewis Bate from Chelsea, making him their fifth summer signing.

England youth international Bate has signed a three-year contract after traveling to Leeds yesterday to complete his move and undergo a medical.

Official confirmation of his arrival was announced at 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. The club tweeted: ‘#LUFC is pleased to announce the signing of Lewis Bate from Chelsea’ alongside a photo of the youngster wearing a Leeds shirt.

Leeds United have completed the signing of Chelsea’s Lewis Bate on a three-year deal

The 18-year-old midfielder put the finishing touches to the conditions on Wednesday and was announced this morning

Leeds will pay £1.5million plus extras for the 18-year-old. Chelsea also has a resale clause in the deal, but not a buy-back clause.

Mailonline revealed on Monday that Bate had attracted the interest of a number of Chelsea Premier League rivals, including Leeds.

Leeds emerged as frontrunners as talks quickly progressed ahead of Liverpool, West Ham and Southampton, who had also discussed a deal with Chelsea.

England youth international Bate will be Marcelo Bielsa's fifth arrival this summer window

England youth international Bate will be Marcelo Bielsa’s fifth arrival this summer window

Bate, who has been playing at Chelsea since the age of eight, had another one-year contract with Chelsea but chose not to sign another one amid concerns over his potential path to first-team football.

He will initially be part of Mark Jackson’s under-23 setup, but Leeds have convinced Bate that Elland Road is the best place for the next stage of his career due to their track record of progressing players to the first team of their youthful sides.

Bate joins left-back Junior Firpo, winger Jack Harrison, attacking midfielder Shaun McGurk and winger Amari Miller as a newcomer to Leeds during this period.