Chelsea teenager Lewis Bate facing an uncertain future as he delays signing a new contract with just one year left on his deal... with Liverpool, West Ham, Leeds and Southampton leading the chase for the 18-year-old midfielder
The Chelsea future of England under-19 midfielder Bate is uncertain.
He has one year left on his current contract and is one of a number of Blues youngsters to have delayed signing a new deal to remain at Stamford Bridge.
That has alerted Liverpool, West Ham, Leeds and Southampton who have all expressed an interest in left footer Bate, 18.
Leeds have proved to summer youth signings Wigan's Sean McGurk and Birmingham's Amari Miller that they can offer a route to first-team football and will hope that may work in their favour as they target Bate.
West Ham and Southampton are also keen to tempt Bate away from Chelsea while Liverpool have previous having signed Dominic Solanke as a youngster from the Londoners.
Bate has been at Chelsea since the age of eight and progressed through the ranks, emerging as one of their standout performers at youth level, to the fringes of the first team.
Bate has made the bench three times, against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and last season against Sheffield United in the Premier League and Barnsley in the FA Cup.