Nathan Ake
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Nathan Ake has responded to criticism from Antonio Conte after the Chelsea manager accused the club’s young players of being too impatient when waiting for first team opportunities, reports Sky Sports.

Last week, Antonio Conte was questioned about his decision to sell a number of Chelsea’s youth players this summer with the Telegraph reporting that the Italian coach believed that some of the young players at Chelsea would “lose their patience” too quickly when sitting on the bench.

However, in response to Conte’s jibe, former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake has defended his decision to move to Bournemouth where he spent the first half of the 2016-17 campaign on-loan.

Talking to Sky Sports Ake revealed, “I understand what [Conte] said but I think we also know that Chelsea is a big club and for myself it was going to be difficult to come in and play straight away.”

After being recalled from his loan spell at Bournemouth in January, Ake made just two league appearance for the Blues in their title winning season. In contrast, while on-loan at the Cherries, the Netherlands international made ten league appearances for Eddie Howe’s side.

“The decision to come here was to be able to play more games which is important for me and that is why I came here,” Ake added when speaking to Sky Sports.

Nathan Ake is not the only Chelsea youngster to have left the club this summer. Both Nathaniel Chalobah and Dominic Solanke decided to move to other Premier League clubs after failing to secure a regular place in the Chelsea first team.

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