OFFICIAL: Bournemouth Secure Record Signing Nathan Aké From Chelsea

OFFICIAL: Bournemouth Secure Record Signing Nathan Aké From Chelsea
Jun 30, 2017

Bournemouth Chelsea News

Having spent the first half of last season on loan at the Cherries, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was always keen on securing the services of the young Dutch defender Nathan Aké from Chelsea, putting in a £18 million bid for him in January of this year. However, it was announced earlier today that the versatile 22-year-old has now permanently moved to the south coast side, in what is a club record transfer fee, rumoured to be around £20 million.

Aké moved to Chelsea from Feyenoord when he was only 16, but chances to break into the first team were hard, opting to learn his trade on loan at clubs such as Reading and then Watford when they were back in the Premiership two years ago.

That season under Slaviša Jokanović, Aké played an impressive 24 games for the Hornets, earning himself vivid praise from pundits and managers. His reputation continued to build under Eddie Howe, playing 10 times in the league and twice in the League Cup in the first half of the season. During his 10 league game stint, Bournemouth amassed three clean sheets, but after his departure, it took the Cherries at the tenth attempt to get a clean sheet, losing some games heavily; Millwall 3-0 Bournemouth in the FA Cup, and in the Premier League, they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Hull before Everton put six past them in a 9-goal thriller at Goodison Park, losing 6-3.

Having returned to parent club Chelsea, many felt this was finally Aké’s time to break into the senior squad, especially with John Terry announcing his contract wasn’t to be renewed and Kurt Zouma slowly getting back to full fitness since damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in February of last year. But sadly, this was not the case.

Aké only played 5 times for the Blues in the second half of the season, two in the league and 3 in the FA Cup. The Dutchman was annoyed at his lack of chances at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte. With the 22-year-old now part of the Holland team, playing first team football is a must to ensure he keeps his place in the national side and at Bournemouth, he’ll certainly get plenty of it with Howe saying to the clubs website:

“Nathan is an outstanding young player with a fantastic attitude and a great desire to learn and develop. He has a very bright future ahead of him and I’m very pleased to say that future is here.”

Aké will be in good company, with fellow Chelsea player Asmir Begović making the switch for £12 million earlier this summer too.

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