- Chelsea given reason to consider re-signing Nathan Ake.
- Report claims Chelsea have a £40M buy-back option on Ake.
- Let us know whether you think we should re-sign him @TalkChelsea.
Chelsea have been given an education on how much Nathan Ake has progressed since his permanent switch to Bournemouth, and it ought to be a topic of conversation when the club’s board next talk transfers.
Ake threatened to break into Chelsea’s side under Rafa Benitez, but he wasn’t given a genuine opportunity to impress under any other manager.
Both Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte could be criticised during their stints in the Chelsea hot-seat due to their reluctance to utilise the club’s talented young players. Ake was one of many who suffered as a result of that.
Having made his move to Bournemouth permanent in the summer of 2017, Ake was given what every player in his age group desperately needs – stability, and the faith of their manager.
Since moving to the Cherries, Ake has not only established himself as one of the most accomplished centre-backs in the country, but also a full Dutch international. He has made ten appearances for the Netherlands in total.
Ake’s versatility was well-documented during his time at Chelsea, it’s an attribute which he hasn’t outgrown. He started at the heart of midfield for Bournemouth tonight, and he was just fantastic, despite the fact he was on the losing side.
He has always shown both quality and maturity beyond his years, but tonight he was head and shoulders above deep-lying counterpart Cesc Fabregas, leaving us thinking that we’ve made a mistake allowing him to leave.
Interestingly, the Telegraph reported back in October that we have a “gentleman’s agreement” with Bournemouth which would allow us to re-sign him for £40M, double the amount that the paper believe we sold him for just over a year ago.
Considering how inflated the transfer market is nowadays, that is an option that is certainly worth considering, especially when you consider that David Luiz’s contract comes to an end at the end of the season.
Maurizio Sarri places great value on centre-backs who can pass out the back and carry the ball forward from attack. Ake can do both. He is the modern defender, and he’s a Sarri defender.
We dearly hope that one day he’ll be a Chelsea player again. What do you think, Blues? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @TalkChelsea.