New signing Lewis Baker was denied the opportunity to sign for MK Dons when he was little because his dad said he was too young.
Many years ago, Baker attended a two week Dons training camp. Though when it came to signing, his dad felt he was too young to commit his future to a club.
“I was at MK Dons when I was very young at a training camp, but my dad thought I was too young to sign!” said Baker. “Now I’m back!
“And I only live down the road in Luton so it’s not too far to come.”
Since then, the 19-year-old has climbed through the ranks at Chelsea, emerging as one of the top talents in their U21 programme.
Last month, Baker joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan, making four appearances for the Owls.
And after his first experience of first team football, he was keen to get out on loan again.
He said: “After my loan at Sheffield Wednesday, I wanted to get out again. When I heard MK Dons were interested, I jumped at the chance.
“I’ve watched Dons a few times this season and they play great football - you can tell that by the fact that they’re second in the league and going for promotion. The club are in a good place this season.
“I need to play first team football regularly. I’ve played U21s a lot but this is the next step in my career.
“This club is all about winning, and it’s the same at Chelsea.”
With Dele Alli ruled out for around six weeks with an ankle injury, Baker should slot in as a direct replacement for the on-loan Tottenham midfielder.
And while the pair are friends off the pitch, Baker wants to make the central midfield role, something Alli has had a stern grip on in the last two seasons, his own.
Baker said: “Dele has been a great player here, and I know him personally, he’s a good lad. Hopefully he has a speedy recovery.
“I’ve played in the centre for most of my life. It’s a position I want to make my own.”