Antonio Conte Defends Decision To End Nathan Ake’s Bournemouth Loan Early

Antonio Conte insists he has no regrets over bringing Nathan Ake back to Stamford Bridge early this season after recalling him from his loan at Bournemouth in January.


Nathan Ake impressed during his brief stint with the Cherries, but has played only twice since returning to Chelsea in early January, with both of those games against lower-league opposition in the FA Cup.

The  Italian insists he is pleased to have him in his squad to keep a closer eye on his development.

‘Yes, I think it was the right decision because for us it was important (for Ake) to stay in our squad and also because for us it is important to check our players and then see the improvement,’ he explained.

‘If we find a player to stay in our squad and to give him the possibility to show me and the club the capacity (to play), why not?

‘I am happy to have Nathan with us. It is not easy when you arrive and before you there are five centre-backs who are all very good.

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