Nathan Ake responds to Conte: “It’s a short career”

Nathan Ake responds to Conte: “It’s a short career”

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Nathan Ake in action with Chelsea last season © Francesca Ceciarini

Nathan Ake left Chelsea to join Bournemouth in a £ 20m permanent move last month.

The Dutch player revealed this transfer was necessary to save his career: after impressing at the Cherries in the first past of last season while on loan from the Blues, Antonio Conte called him back at Stamford Bridge but only made five appearances, two of which in Premier League.

From here, Ake’s decision to leave Chelsea for good and join Bournemouth on a permanent deal.

However, the Conte defended his decision claiming today youngsters don’t have patience:

“Sometimes I think the young players lose their patience very quickly, because of parents or the people around these players. The advisers are not right. You have to fight with this. The first thing players should have is good patience. Trust the club and work very hard to know that to play at this level you must be stronger.”

Ake responded to the Italian manager, claiming that while he understands Conte’s comments, he had to leave the Blues in order to continue playing games and growing as a player.

“It is a short career,” Ake told Bournemouth Echo.

“I am 22 and have had good experience of playing over the past two years and you just want to continue that.”

“I understand what he said but I think we also know Chelsea is a big club and it is going to be difficult to come in and play straight away. That’s why I made the decision to come here, to maybe be able to play more games and that’s what I need in my career.

“There are no guarantees anywhere that you are going to get in the team, that’s 100 per cent. You still have to train hard and play well. Hopefully, I can be in the team from the start of the season.”