Ake on Mourinho at Chelsea
Nathan Ake joined Chelsea in 2011 moving from Dutch outfit Feyenoord’s under-17s to Chelsea’s under-18s for a fee of around £720,000.
Ake impressed for Chelsea at a youth level and played 40 games for their under-23 side, scoring two and assisting four in that time.
The young central defender would then be called up to Chelsea’s main team in 2012 and played a few games under Rafa Benitez.
However, Jose Mourinho would then take over as Chelsea boss and immediately Ake was out of the first-team picture.
Ake has recently opened up on the struggles he faced after being dropped by Mourinho:
“I went to the first team at Chelsea and played under Rafa Benitez and I always thought, ‘why is everyone saying setbacks are coming because everything is going up, up, up?’
“The season after Benitez left I thought, ‘this is going to be my season’. Then Jose Mourinho came and, without training, I got dropped into the second team.
“That was one of the toughest things for me, mentally. I was quite broken. Everything was going great, I played a few games, I was Young Player of the Year and then I was in the reserves again.”As quoted by the Telegraph.
Ake turns his career around at Bournemouth
After loan spells at Reading Watford and Bournemouth, Ake would eventually make the permanent switch to the Cherries in 2017.
Including his loan spell, Ake has played 82 games across all competitions for Bournemouth. In those games he has scored eight and assisted three.
Ake has been so impressive since joining Eddie Howe’s side that reports were circulating in January that Chelsea wanted to buy back the 24-year-old.
Bournemouth’s latest game saw them take on Manchester City on Saturday in one of five 3 pm kick-offs.
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