Wednesday 13 December 2017

Bournemouth sign Dutch international defender from Chelsea for club record fee

Nathan Ake has joined Bournemouth on a permanent deal
Nathan Ake has joined Bournemouth on a permanent deal
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Bournemouth have signed Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for a club record fee, reported to be in the region of £20million.

The 22-year-old Holland international, who spent the first half of last season on loan with the Cherries, has put pen to paper on a long-term deal at the Vitality Stadium, the Premier League club have announced.

He joins former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe who completed a move to Bournemouth on Thursday as manager Eddie Howe continues his summer recruitment ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Ake scored three goals in 12 appearances for Bournemouth last season before being recalled in January by Chelsea, where he featured sporadically as Antonio Conte's side won the Premier League title and reached the FA Cup final.

Ake told the Bournemouth website: "I had a great time here last season so I'm really happy to be back.

"It's an exciting challenge. Chelsea is a great club and I learned so much there but this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more.

"The fans haven't seen the best of me yet. I always set the bar high so I know there is a lot of things I still have to work on.

"With the help of the manager here I know I can keep improving and become a better player."

Howe added: "I am delighted that we have completed the signing of Nathan on a permanent basis.

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

"Nathan is an outstanding young player with a fantastic attitude and a great desire to learn and develop.

"He has a very bright future ahead of him and I'm very pleased to say that future is here."

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

Having played for his country at every level from Under-15 he has made two appearances for the senior side in 2017.

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