Published: Sat, July 01, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Nathan Ake signs for Bournemouth in club record deal

Nathan Ake signs for Bournemouth in club record deal

AFC Bournemouth appear close to completing a deal for former loanee Nathan Ake as the Cherries look to bring in another Chelsea player after Asmir Begovic made a permanent return to the Vitality, earlier in the window.

The 22-year-old central defender - who is Bournemouth's third signing of the close season following those of Bosnian worldwide goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and veteran England striker Jermain Defoe - shone for the "Cherries" when on loan from Chelsea last season. It has been rumoured that Chelsea asked for a buy-back clause to be included in the agreement.

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However with limited number of games under his belt in the second half of last season, Ake has made a decision to rejoin Bournemouth on a permanent contract.

The Dutchman joined Chelsea from Feyenoord as a 16-year-old in 2011 but after breaking into the first team the following year, he undertook loan spells with Reading and Watford because of limited opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

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He told the club's website: 'It's an exciting challenge.

Ake's aptitude in possession will naturally appeal to Cherries manager Eddie Howe, who encourages his teams to play stylishly on the deck.

'He is someone we know all about, having had a very successful loan spell here last season.

Just 18 months later, he signed for Manchester City in a £55m deal and his performances are justifying the massive outlay. "He has a very bright future ahead of him and I'm very pleased to say that future is here".

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