Friday 30 June 2017

Chelsea Defender Nathan Ake Joins Bournemouth

Bournemouth have completed the signing of Nathan Ake from Chelsea for a club record fee. The 22-year-old defender signed for the Cherries for £20m club record. Ake spent the first half of last season on loan at Bournemouth, making 12 appearances and scoring three goals before being recalled to Stamford Bridge in January, helping the Blues win the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final.

Bournemouth made a bid to sign Ake at the end of the January transfer window but were rebuffed by Chelsea. Ake has previously been on loan with Watford and Reading.

He said “It's an exciting challenge. Chelsea is a great club and I learned so much there but this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more. The fans haven't seen the best of me yet. I always set the bar high so I know there is a lot of things I still have to work on. With the help of the manager here I know I can keep improving and become a better player.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe added “I am delighted that we have completed the signing of Nathan on a permanent basis. He is someone we know all about, having had a very successful loan spell here last season. 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.”

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