Chelsea has recalled Nathan Ake from his loan at Bournemouth. Team boss Antonio Conte decided to use the option to end the player’s season long deal with the south coast team early.
Ake went to Bournemouth last June and he has been a regular starter for Eddie Howe’s defence while scoring three goals in 12 games including a last-minute winner against Liverpool at the end of last year.
However, he was left out of the Bournemouth team last Saturday as Howe made 11 changes to his starting line-up in the 3 – 0 upset by Millwall in the third round of the FA Cup.
In recent times Conte had hinted that he was considering calling Ake back to the team to boost his options in defence while Howe has said that losing him will be a “big blow”.
Bournemouth released a statement saying, “Ake has started the last eight games he has been eligible for but Chelsea have activated an option to recall him during the opening weeks of January, and the 21-year-old will return to Stamford Bridge immediately. AFC Bournemouth would like to thank Nathan for his efforts over the past seven months and wish him well for the future.”
In other Chelsea team news there are reports that Conte is eager to sign Swansea striker Fernando Llorente while Chelsea’s striker Michy Batshuayi may go the other way.
There have been reports from Sky Sports that Conte definitely wants to sign Llorente but it is not clear if there has actually been contact between the two clubs. Conte knows Llorente having coached him at Juventus and won the Serie A title together in 2014.
So far this season Llorente has scored six goals in 17 Premier League appearances for the struggling team.