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Mourinho predicts bright future for Baker

8 January 2015

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has said Lewis Baker is one of a number of Chelsea academy graduates who he expects to make the grade at Stamford Bridge and from there, international level.

The 19-year-old joined the Owls on Thursday and arrives in S6 with huge promise and potential.

Speaking ahead of the current campaign, Mourinho said: “If, in a few years, Baker, Isaiah Brown and Dominic Solanke are not national team players, I should blame myself.

“They are part of a process the club started without me, during that period before I came back.

 “But now I have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure.

"I’m not saying we’re doing it just for English football, because it is also about us.

"We are going to have in the first team squad three players coming from the academy.

“Of course, Baker, Brown, Solanke and Boga cannot all be in my squad because I cannot have 30.”

Baker, who was crowned as Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year in 2013/14, made his first team bow as a late substitute at Derby in the FA Cup last season and can feature against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

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