Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Bournemouth sign Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for a club record fee

Bournemouth sign Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for a club record fee Bournemouth sign Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for a club record fee
Lance Thomas | 01 July, 2017, 00:15

Dutch global Nathan Ake became Premier League side Bournemouth's record signing on Friday as they paid a reported £20 million ($26m, 22.8m euros) to champions Chelsea for his services.

The 22-year-old defender spent the first half of last season on loan with Eddie Howe's side and rejoins them on a long-term deal.

Sources told ESPN FC on Wednesday that Ake, who can play left-back, centre-back or defensive midfield, would leave Chelsea in a deal worth £20 million. The then Netherlands Under 21 worldwide had impressed following a run of starts in the Premier League where he has scored three goals.

'I had a great time here last season so I'm really happy to be back, ' said Ake.

'It's an exciting challenge.

Howe played a huge part in securing Ake amid competition and the Netherlands global made it clear to Chelsea that he wanted to leave over a lack of first team opportunities.

New Lyon forward Bertrand Traore claimed it was imperative for his development to leave Chelsea on a more permanent basis following his lucrative transfer.

'The fans haven't seen the best of me yet.

The Netherlands global, 22, had a spell on loan with the Cherries last season and scored three goals in 12 games before being recalled.

Chelsea have been linked with a host of players this summer, but the Blues have so far not been able to confirm the signing of any new stars.

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

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