Nathan Ake

Chelsea defender in international tug-of-war

Chelsea young gun Nathan Ake has today been urged not to commit his international future to The Ivory Coast, with Netherlands boss Fred Grim insisting that the 22-year-old has a future with the Oranje.

Dutch past

The centre back has represented his country of birth at every youth level, but has yet to make an appearance for the senior side.

The reluctance of recent Dutch coaches to call up the former Watford and Bournemouth man has led to speculation that Ake could switch his international allegiance to The Ivory Coast, whom he qualifies for through his father.

Dutch plea

However, current Oranje boss Fred Grim has pleaded with Ake to stay patient, assuring that a future with the Netherlands senior team is within his grasp.

According to footballghana.com, Grim said:

‘My first reaction is that I would regret it if he chooses Ivory Coast.’

‘Nathan is potentially a Dutch national team player. Not for nothing has he played in all Oranje youth teams, and he was there for all levels of the juniors. He is also closely monitored for the Dutch team.’

‘Not for nothing at a young age did he leave Feyenoord for England.’

‘Only sorry that he is at an absolute top club like Chelsea, but plays little. It is precisely at times when you thought he was doing well on loan at Watford and Bournemouth, Chelsea took him back and he’s often ended up on the bench.’

Future prospects

Following an exemplary start to the 2016/17 season on loan at Bournemouth, Ake was recalled to the Chelsea squad by Antonio Conte, but has struggled for playing time.

If the Hague-born talent ever wants to have a realistic shot at making the Dutch senior squad, he may need to seek first team football away from Stamford Bridge.

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