Chelsea fans could not believe as star player refuse to sign new contract at Stamford Bridge

Now that the summer transfer window has been officially opened, several football clubs will be looking into the transfer market in order to identify players that would improve their current squad.

Chelsea football club are not exempted though as they look to challenge on all fronts when the 2021/2022 football season begins.

The Blues will aim to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool for the Premier League trophy next season and must improve the squad available to manager Thomas Tuchel in order to do that.And even though the West London club have been linked with moves for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, they could now be rocked with reports that young central midfielder Lewis Bate is close to departing the club this summer.

The 18-year-old England International, who has been with the club since 2011 has found it difficult to break into the Chelsea first-team squad.

The young central midfielder is believed to be disappointed with his lack of first team football and has refused to sign a new contract at the club.

Lewis Bate has less than 12 months left on his current contract and the Blues are now willing to cash in on him this summer, rather than lose him on a free transfer next year.And according to reports from Goal correspondent Nizaar Kinsella via his verified Twitter page, the highly-rated youngster is close to sealing a move to Leeds United.

The reports further claimed that Leeds United have agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign the young central midfielder before the end of the summer transfer window.

That said, Lewis Bate is now set to continue his developments at the Elland Road under the management of Marcelo Bielsa.

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