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Breaking! Antonio Conte Reveals The Reason Why He Has Brought Nathan Ake Back To Chelsea

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Bournemouth's Nathan Ake has been one of the most consistent defenders in the Premier League over the last two seasons. (Getty Images)

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Nathan Ake of AFC Bournemouth celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton at Vitality Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Chelsea have recalled defender Nathan Ake from his loan from Bournemouth after the 21-year-old established himself in the first team in the last two months.

Antonio Conte is searching for a wing back in the transfer window and believes Ake can play that position as well as providing cover as a left-sided defender in a back three.

Ake has impressed for Bournemouth since Chelsea loaned him out to them last summer.

The defender has been key to the south Coast’s club fine form this season as they are ninth in the Premier League table.

‘Ake is a really good player and now he’s started to play with Bournemouth and is playing every game,’ said Conte. ‘Honestly, I’m evaluating his situation, because Ake could be an interesting opportunity in this window for us.

Conte told his post-match news conference:

“I called him back because I think he’s showing that he’s ready to stay in the squad of Chelsea. Chelsea is his home.

“In the last season he played with Watford, and this season he was with Bournemouth. He’s shown he deserves to stay at a great team like Chelsea. I’m pleased he’s come back.

“Ake gives me an important option because we are playing with three central defenders. He can play on the left and in the middle. It’s important to see in training sessions if he can also play wing-back.”

Nathan Ake

Dutchman Ake, joined the Cherries on loan last June, and has scored three times in 12 games for them this season.

 

Antonio Conte has been considering ending Ake’s loan at the Vitality Stadium, so as to strengthen his defensive options as his Chelsea side look to push for the Premier League title.