Chelsea talent Lewis Baker has shut the door on another loan spell with Dutch side Vitesse next season as he believes he now needs to be testing himself at a higher level.
The 21-year-old first moved on loan to Vitesse in the summer of 2015, spending the entire 2015/16 campaign in the Netherlands with the Arnhem-based club.
Baker rejoined Vitesse on a further season-long loan deal last summer and has continued to kick on at the Dutch side, cementing his spot as an established performer in the Eredivisie.
He is enjoying regular first team football in the Netherlands and is shining, having scored ten goals in 20 appearances in all competitions for Vitesse this season.
But, much to Vitesse's disappointment, Baker has ruled out another season-long loan in Arnhem.
"It is time for the next step", he told De Gelderlander.
"A third year at Vitesse just does not make sense for my development.
"I'd like to prove myself at a higher level", Baker added.
The midfielder however is not counting on a spot at Chelsea and appears resigned to another loan spell away from the Stamford Bridge side.
"It could also simply be another loan spell again. I am used to that now", he said.
"I am under contract with Chelsea, but my football is always somewhere else."
Vitesse currently sit in eighth spot in the Eredivisie after 17 games; Baker has played in all 17.