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AFC Bournemouth have signed Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake on a season-long loan deal.

Ake joined Chelsea from Feyenoord in 2010 when he was just 15-years-old. Since then he has spent most of his time on loan away from Stamford Bridge. He spent some time at Reading where he made a few appearances but mostly he was with Watford, where he appeared 32 times, 24 of those were in the Premier League.

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake spoke to AFCB.co.uk.

“We are delighted to welcome Nathan to AFC Bournemouth, For a player of his age he already has great experience in the Premier League and we believe he will bring a lot to our squad.

“He is an international player with great pedigree, so we are really excited to have him join us for the upcoming season.”

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All the fixtures for Premier League 2016/2017, dates can be subject to change

13 August 2016 (Matchweek 1)

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester United    #BOUMUN
Arsenal v Liverpool    #ARSLIV
Burnley v Swansea City    #BURSWA
Chelsea v West Ham United    #CHEWHU
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion    #CRYWBA
Everton v Tottenham Hotspur    #EVETOT
Hull City v Leicester City    #HULLEI
Manchester City v Sunderland    #MCISUN
Middlesbrough v Stoke City    #MIDSTK
Southampton v Watford    #SOUWAT

20 August 2016 (Matchweek 2)

Leicester City v Arsenal    #LEIARS
Liverpool v Burnley    #LIVBUR
Manchester United v Southampton    #MUNSOU
Stoke City v Manchester City    #STKMCI
Sunderland v Middlesbrough    #SUNMID
Swansea City v Hull City    #SWAHUL
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace    #TOTCRY
Watford v Chelsea    #TOTCRY
West Bromwich Albion v Everton    #WBAEVE
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth    #WHUBOU

27 August 2016 (Matchweek 3)

Chelsea v Burnley    #CHEBUR
Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth    #CRYBOU
Everton v Stoke City    #EVESTK
Hull City v Manchester United    #HULMUN
Leicester City v Swansea City    #LEISWA
Manchester City v West Ham United    #MCIWHU
Southampton v Sunderland    #SOUSUN
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool    #TOTLIV
Watford v Arsenal    #WATARS
West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough    #WBAMID

10 September 2016 (Matchweek 4)

AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion    #BOUWBA
Arsenal v Southampton    #ARSSOU
Burnley v Hull City    #BURHUL
Liverpool v Leicester City    #LIVLEI
Manchester United v Manchester City    #MUNMCI
Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace    #MIDCRY
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur    #STKTOT
Sunderland v Everton    #SUNEVE
Swansea City v Chelsea    #SWACHE
West Ham United v Watford    #WHUWAT

17 September 2016 (Matchweek 5)

Chelsea v Liverpool    #CHELIV
Crystal Palace v Stoke City    #CRYSTK
Everton v Middlesbrough    #EVEMID
Hull City v Arsenal    #HULARS
Leicester City v Burnley    #LEIBUR
Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth    #MCIBOU
Southampton v Swansea City    #SOUSWA
Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland    #TOTSUN
Watford v Manchester United    #WATMUN
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United    #WBAWHU

24 September 2016 (Matchweek 6)

AFC Bournemouth v Everton    #BOUEVE
Arsenal v Chelsea    #ARSCHE
Burnley v Watford    #BURWAT
Liverpool v Hull City    #LIVHUL
Manchester United v Leicester City    #MUNLEI
Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur    #MIDTOT
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion    #STKWBA
Sunderland v Crystal Palace    #SUNCRY
Swansea City v Manchester City    #SWAMCI
West Ham United v Southampton    #WHUSOU

1 October 2016 (Matchweek 7)

Burnley v Arsenal    #BURARS
Everton v Crystal Palace    #EVECRY
Hull City v Chelsea    #HULCHE
Leicester City v Southampton    #LEISOU
Manchester United v Stoke City    #MUNSTK
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion    #SUNWBA
Swansea City v Liverpool    #SWALIV
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City    #TOTMCI
Watford v AFC Bournemouth    #WATBOU
West Ham United v Middlesbrough    #WHUMID

15 October 2016 (Matchweek 8)

AFC Bournemouth v Hull City    #BOUHUL
Arsenal v Swansea City    #ARSSWA
Chelsea v Leicester City    #CHELEI
Crystal Palace v West Ham United    #CRYWHU
Liverpool v Manchester United    #LIVMUN
Manchester City v Everton    #MCIEVE
Middlesbrough v Watford    #MIDWAT
Southampton v Burnley    #SOUBUR
Stoke City v Sunderland    #STKSUN
West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur    #WBATOT

22 October 2016 (Matchweek 9)

AFC Bournemouth v Tottenham Hotspur    #BOUTOT
Arsenal v Middlesbrough    #ARSMID
Burnley v Everton    #BUREVE
Chelsea v Manchester United    #CHEMUN
Hull City v Stoke City    #HULSTK
Leicester City v Crystal Palace    #LEICRY
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion    #LIVWBA
Manchester City v Southampton    #MCISOU
Swansea City v Watford    #SWAWAT
West Ham United v Sunderland    #WHUSUN

29 October 2016 (Matchweek 10)

Crystal Palace v Liverpool    #CRYLIV
Everton v West Ham United    #EVEWHU
Manchester United v Burnley    #MUNBUR
Middlesbrough v AFC Bournemouth    #MIDBOU
Southampton v Chelsea    #SOUCHE
Stoke City v Swansea City    #STKSWA
Sunderland v Arsenal    #SUNARS
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City    #TOTLEI
Watford v Hull City    #WATHUL
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City    #WBAMCI

5 November 2016 (Matchweek 11)

AFC Bournemouth v Sunderland    #BOUSUN
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur    #ARSTOT
Burnley v Crystal Palace    #BURCRY
Chelsea v Everton    #CHEEVE
Hull City v Southampton    #HULSOU
Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion    #LEIWBA
Liverpool v Watford    #LIVWAT
Manchester City v Middlesbrough    #MCIMID
Swansea City v Manchester United    #SWAMUN
West Ham United v Stoke City    #WHUSTK

19 November 2016 (Matchweek 12)

Crystal Palace v Manchester City    #CRYMCI
Everton v Swansea City    #EVESWA
Manchester United v Arsenal    #MUNARS
Middlesbrough v Chelsea    #MIDCHE
Southampton v Liverpool    #SOULIV
Stoke City v AFC Bournemouth    #STKBOU
Sunderland v Hull City    #SUNHUL
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United    #TOTWHU
Watford v Leicester City    #WATLEI
West Bromwich Albion v Burnley    #WBABUR

26 November 2016 (Matchweek 13)

Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth    #ARSBOU
Burnley v Manchester City    #BURMCI
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur    #CHETOT
Hull City v West Bromwich Albion    #HULWBA
Leicester City v Middlesbrough    #LEIMID
Liverpool v Sunderland    #LIVSUN
Manchester United v West Ham United    #MUNWHU
Southampton v Everton    #SOUEVE
Swansea City v Crystal Palace    #SWACRY
Watford v Stoke City    #WATSTK

3 December 2016 (Matchweek 14)

AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool   #BOULIV
Crystal Palace v Southampton    #CRYSOU
Everton v Manchester United    #EVEMUN
Manchester City v Chelsea    #HULWBA
Middlesbrough v Hull City    #MIDHUL
Stoke City v Burnley   #STKBUR
Sunderland v Leicester City    #SUNLEI
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City    #WBAWAT
West Bromwich Albion v Watford    #WBAWAT
West Ham United v Arsenal    #WHUARS

10 December 2016 (Matchweek 15)

Arsenal v Stoke City    #ARSSTK
Burnley v AFC Bournemouth    #BURBOU
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion    #CHEWBA
Hull City v Crystal Palace    #HULCRY
Leicester City v Manchester City   #LEIMCI
Liverpool v West Ham United    #LIVWHU
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Middlesbrough
Swansea City v Sunderland
Watford v Everton

13 December 2016 (Matchweek 16)

(7:45pm kick-off unless stated)
AFC Bournemouth v Leicester City    #BOULEI
8pm Crystal Palace v Manchester United    #CRYMUN
Middlesbrough v Liverpool    #MIDLIV
Sunderland v Chelsea    #SUNCHE
8pm West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City    #WBASWA
West Ham United v Burnley    #WHUBUR

14 December 2016

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
Everton v Arsenal    #EVEARS
8pm Manchester City v Watford    #MCIWAT
8pm Stoke City v Southampton    #STKSOU
8pm Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City    #TOTHUL

17 December 2016 (Matchweek 17)

AFC. Bournemouth v Southampton    #BOUSOU
Crystal Palace v Chelsea    #CRYCHE
Everton v Liverpool    #EVELIV
Manchester City v Arsenal     #MCIARS
Middlesbrough v Swansea City    #MIDSWA
Stoke City v Leicester City     #STKLEI
Sunderland v Watford    #SUNWAT
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley    #TOTBUR
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United    #WBAMUN
West Ham United v Hull City     #WHUHUL

26 December 2016 (Matchweek 18)

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion     #ARSWBA
Burnley v Middlesbrough     #BURMID
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth     #CHEBOU
Hull City v Manchester City     #HULMCI
Leicester City v Everton     #LEIEVE
Liverpool v Stoke City    #LIVSTK
Manchester United v Sunderland     #MUNSUN
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur     #SOUTOT
Swansea City v West Ham United    #SWAWHU
Watford v Crystal Palace     #WATCRY

31 December 2016 (Matchweek 19)

Arsenal v Crystal Palace    #ARSCRY
Burnley v Sunderland    #BURSUN
Chelsea v Stoke City    #CHESTK
Hull City v Everton    #HULEVE
Leicester City v West Ham United    #LEIWHU
Liverpool v Manchester City    #LIVMCI
Manchester United v Middlesbrough    #MUNMID
Southampton v West Bromwich Albion    #SOUWBA
Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth    #SWABOU
Watford v Tottenham Hotspur    #WATTOT

2 January 2017 (Matchweek 20)

AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal    #BOUARS
Crystal Palace v Swansea City    #CRYSWA
Everton v Southampton    #EVESOU
Manchester City v Burnley    #MCIBUR
Middlesbrough v Leicester City    #MIDLEI
Stoke City v Watford    #STKWAT
Sunderland v Liverpool    #SUNLIV
Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea    #TOTCHE
West Bromwich Albion v Hull City    #WBAHUL
West Ham United v Manchester United    #WHUMUN

14 January 2017 (Matchweek 21)

Burnley v Southampton    #BURSOU
Everton v Manchester City   #EVEMCI
Hull City v AFC Bournemouth    #HULBOU
Leicester City v Chelsea    #LEICHE
Manchester United v Liverpool    #MUNLIV
Sunderland v Stoke City    #SUNSTK
Swansea City v Arsenal    #SWAARS
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion    #TOTWBA
Watford v Middlesbrough    #WATMID
West Ham United v Crystal Palace    #WHUCRY

21 January 2017 (Matchweek 22)

AFC Bournemouth v Watford    #BOUWAT
Arsenal v Burnley    #ARSBUR
Chelsea v Hull City    #CHEHUL
Crystal Palace v Everton    #CRYEVE
Liverpool v Swansea City    #LIVSWA
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur    #MCITOT
Middlesbrough v West Ham United    #MIDWHU
Southampton v Leicester City    #SOULEI
Stoke City v Manchester United    #STKMUN
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland    #WBASUN

31 January 2017 (Matchweek 23)

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace    #BOUCRY
Arsenal v Watford    #ARSWAT
Burnley v Leicester City    #BURLEI
8pm Manchester United v Hull City    #MUNHUL
Middlesbrough v West Bromwich Albion    #MIDWBA
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur    #SUNTOT
Swansea City v Southampton    #SWASOU
West Ham United v Manchester City    #WHUMCI

1 February 2017

8pm Liverpool v Chelsea    #LIVCHE
8pm Stoke City v Everton    #STKEVE

4 February 2017 (Matchweek 24)

Chelsea v Arsenal    #CHEARS
Crystal Palace v Sunderland    #CRYSUN
Everton v AFC Bournemouth    #EVEBOU
Hull City v Liverpool    #HULLIV
Leicester City v Manchester United    #LEIMUN
Manchester City v Swansea City    #MCISWA
Southampton v West Ham United    #SOUWHU
Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough    #TOTMID
Watford v Burnley    #WATBUR
West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City    #WBASTK

11 February 2017 (Matchweek 25)

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City    #BOUMCI
Arsenal v Hull City    #ARSHUL
Burnley v Chelsea    #BURCHE
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur    #LIVTOT
Manchester United v Watford    #MUNWAT
Middlesbrough v Everton    #MIDEVE
Stoke City v Crystal Palace    #STKCRY
Sunderland v Southampton    #SUNSOU
Swansea City v Leicester City    #SWALEI
West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion    #WHUWBA

25 February 2017 (Matchweek 26)

Chelsea v Swansea City    #CHESWA
Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough    #CRYMID
Everton v Sunderland    #EVESUN
Hull City v Burnley    #HULBURN
Leicester City v Liverpool    #LEILIV
Manchester City v Manchester United    #MCIMUN
Southampton v Arsenal    #SOUARS
Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City    #TOTSTK
Watford v West Ham United    #WATWHU
West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth #WBABOU

4 March 2017 (Matchweek 27)

Leicester City v Hull City    #LEIHUL
Liverpool v Arsenal    #LIVARS
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth #MUNBOU
Stoke City v Middlesbrough    #STKMID
Sunderland v Manchester City    #SUNMCI
Swansea City v Burnley    #SWABUR
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton    #TOTSOU
Watford v Southampton    #WATSOU
West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace    #WBACRY
West Ham United v Chelsea    #WHUCHE

11 March 2017 (Matchweek 28)

AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United    #BOUWHU
Arsenal v Leicester City    #ARSLEI
Burnley v Liverpool    #BURLIV
Chelsea v Watford    #CHEWAT
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur    #CRYTOT
Everton v West Bromwich Albion    #EVEWBA
Hull City v Swansea City    #HULSWA
Manchester City v Stoke City    #MCISTK
Middlesbrough v Sunderland    #MIDSUN
Southampton v Manchester United    #SOUMUN

18 March 2017 (Matchweek 29)

AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City    #BOUSWA
Crystal Palace v Watford    #CRYWAT
Everton v Hull City    #EVEHUL
Manchester City v Liverpool    #MCILIV
Middlesbrough v Manchester United    #MIDMUN
Stoke City v Chelsea    #STKCHE
Sunderland v Burnley    #SUNBUR
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton    #TOTSOU
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal    #WBAARS
West Ham United v Leicester City    #WHULEI

1 April 2017 (Matchweek 30)

Arsenal v Manchester City    #ARSMCI
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur    #BURTOT
Chelsea v Crystal Palace    #CHECRY
Hull City v West Ham United    #HULWHU
Leicester City v Stoke City    #LEISTK
Liverpool v Everton    #LIVEVE
Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion    #MUNWBA
Southampton v AFC Bournemouth    #SOUBOU
Swansea City v Middlesbrough    #SWAMID
Watford v Sunderland    #WATSUN

4 April 2017 (Matchweek 31)

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
Arsenal v West Ham United    #ARSWHU
Burnley v Stoke City    #BURSTK
Hull City v Middlesbrough    #HULMID
Leicester City v Sunderland    #LEISUN
8pm Manchester United v Everton    #MUNEVE
Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur    #SWATOT
Watford v West Bromwich Albion    #WATWBA

5 April 2017

(7.45pm kick-off unless stated)
Chelsea v Manchester City    #CHEBOU
8pm Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth    #LIVBOU
Southampton v Crystal Palace    #SOUCRY

8 April 2017 (Matchweek 32)

AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea    #BOUCHE
Crystal Palace v Arsenal    #CRYARS
Everton v Leicester City    #EVELEI
Manchester City v Hull City    #MCIHUL
Middlesbrough v Burnley    #MIDBUR
Stoke City v Liverpool    #STKLIV
Sunderland v Manchester United    #SUNMUN
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford    #TOTWAT
West Bromwich Albion v Southampton    #WBASOU
West Ham United v Swansea City #WHUSWA

15 April 2017 (Matchweek 33)

Crystal Palace v Leicester City    #CRYLEI
Everton v Burnley    #EVEBUR
Manchester United v Chelsea    #MUNCHE
Middlesbrough v Arsenal    #MIDARS
Southampton v Manchester City    #SOUMCI
Stoke City v Hull City    #STKHUL
Sunderland v West Ham United    #SUNWHU
Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth    #TOTBOU
Watford v Swansea City    #WATSWA
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool    #WBALIV

22 April 2017 (Matchweek 34)

AFC Bournemouth v Middlesbrough #BOUMID
Arsenal v Sunderland    #ARSSUN
Burnley v Manchester United    #BURMUN
Chelsea v Southampton    #CHESOU
Hull City v Watford    #HULWAT
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur    #LEITOT
Liverpool v Crystal Palace    #LIVCRY
Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion    #MCIWBA
Swansea City v Stoke City    #SWASTK
West Ham United v Everton    #WHUEVE

29 April 2017 (Matchweek 35)

Crystal Palace v Burnley    #CRYBUR
Everton v Chelsea    #EVECHE
Manchester United v Swansea City    #MUNSWA
Middlesbrough v Manchester City    #MIDMCI
Southampton v Hull City    #SOUHUL
Stoke City v West Ham United    #STKWHU
Sunderland v AFC Bournemouth    #SUNBOU
Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal    #TOTARS
Watford v Liverpool    #WATLIV
West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City    #WBALEI

6 May 2017 (Matchweek 36)

AFC Bournemouth v Stoke City    #BOUSTK
Arsenal v Manchester United    #ARSMUN
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion    #BURWBA
Chelsea v Middlesbrough    #CHEMID
Hull City v Sunderland    #HULSUN
Leicester City v Watford    #LEIWAT
Liverpool v Southampton    #LIVSOU
Manchester City v Crystal Palace    #MCICRY
Swansea City v Everton    #SWAEVE
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur    #WHUTOT

13 May 2017 (Matchweek 37)

AFC Bournemouth v Burnley    #BOUBUR
Crystal Palace v Hull City    #CRYHUL
Everton v Watford    #EVEWAT
Manchester City v Leicester City    #MCILEI
Middlesbrough v Southampton    #MIDSOU
Stoke City v Arsenal    #STKARS
Sunderland v Swansea City    #SUNSWA
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United    #TOTMUN
West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea    #WBACHE
West Ham United v Liverpool    #WHULIV

21 May 2017 (Matchweek 38)

Arsenal v Everton    #ARSEVE
Burnley v West Ham United    #BURWHU
Chelsea v Sunderland    #CHESUN
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur    #HULTOT
Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth    #LEIBOU
Liverpool v Middlesbrough    #LIVMID
Manchester United v Crystal Palace    #MUNCRY
Southampton v Stoke City    #SOUSTK
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion    #SWAWBA
Watford v Manchester City    #WATMCI

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Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has praised on loan Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for making a “very good” first impression as a player. 

Ake, 21, has made 23 first team appearances at Watford and has become an integral member of the squad. Playing primarily at left-back but has also stood in at centre back when needed.

The Watford boss believes Ake will want to head back to Chelsea next season in order to stake a place for a first team slot next season.

Flores went on to say “Ake is young and he is making a very good impression as a player.

“Of course he wants to [go back] to try and show himself at Chelsea.

“It is natural he wants that but what happens in the next three months it is impossible to know that.”

 

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As we reported today from Bild Chelsea were keen to call back defender Andreas Christensen from his loan to Borussia Mönchendgladbach.

But the Blues might be disappointed by the young Danish talent: in fact, rumours from Germany says that he would like to finish his two years loan spell at the Bundesliga side, that means to stay there for another season.

Chelsea are ready to offer Dutch midfielder Nathan Ake – now on loan at Watford- to Gladbach but with no break clause at their disposal, it would need the agreement of Chelsea, Monchengladbach and Christensen to cut the loan deal short and the player is happy to spend another season in Germany.

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With over thirty Chelsea players out on loan, who is it worth bringing back in to the first team squad?

Nathan Ake– He has played consistently well for Watford this season, the club really could have done with him when they had problems at left-back, definitely worth having Ake in the first team.

Patrick Bamford– Finally getting some game time on loan at Norwich after a terrible time at Crystal Palace in the first half of the season. Named Championship player of the year last year, huge potential, needs to be given a chance rather then being loaning in players such as Pato and Falcao who have added nothing to the squad.

Dominic Solanke– The young England forward has done very well during his loan spell at Vitesse. At just 18 years-old Solanke has huge potential, scoring 7 goals in just 16 appearances in the Eredivisie.

Charly Musonda– Currently out on loan at La Liga side Real Betis, Musonda is very highly rated at Chelsea. The 19 year old has scored one and assisted one in his 8 appearances since making the move in January.

Andreas Christensen– Currently out on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, the young Dane has played a few first team games for the Blues most notably away at Liverpool when there was ‘that’ Gerrard slip and Chelsea won 2-0. A big strong defender with a bright future ahead.

Juan Cuadrado– Given just a handful of games after his big money signing in January 2015 he was shipped out on loan just 6 months later. Surely needs to be given a proper chance, he has 4 goals and 5 assists for Juventus and is very highly thought of in Turin- it must be for a good reason. Give him some game time!

Players like Izzy Brown, Lewis Baker and Mo Salah all deserve more game time in the Chelsea squad. This is a huge issue that needs to be addressed by the incoming manager.

Having a look at the players needed and the players that aren’t. And instead of constantly loaning them out, these player need to stay or go.

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The Telegraph claims that Liverpool, West Ham and a host of German clubs are keen on the Dutch defender Nathan Ake, who has impressed while on loan at Watford this season.

Chelsea will demand more than £10m for Ake if the club decides to sell him, and as we have already reported Watford will try to seal a deal to sign him on a permanent basis.

Ake can play in the centre of defence, midfield or at full-back, then Chelsea are wary of letting him go.

 

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The Watford defender told the official KNVB: “It is important for a player of my age to get regular playing time. Things have been going pretty well this season. I am getting plenty of game time and I really feel like I am improving as a player.

Ake added: “Let’s see how the season ends with Watford and then we can start thinking about the future. Of course, I would like to return to Chelsea.”

He signed a long-term contract with Chelsea before leaving last summer on loan and manager Quique Flores is keen to bring him back to Vicarage Road, but the 21-year-old is showing his aim to return to Stamford Bridge when his loan comes to an end.

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Nathan Ake

Quique Sanchez Flores wants to sign Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake on a permanent basis; the Dutch defender has impressed during his season-long stay at Vicarage Road, but he signed a new long-term deal at Stamford Bridge before off heading to Watford last summer.

He was expected to play back-up to Jose Holebas but has instead been regularly in Watford Starting XI.

Ake is highly-rated at Chelsea and he wants to stay for a first-team chance, but an offer in the region of £3m could be enough for Watford to seal Ake’s signature.

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Watford striker Troy Deeney has labelled his teammate Juan Carlos Paredes “pathetic” after the latter’s scrap with Diego Costa against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Costa was once again the centre of attention as he sparred with several Hornets’ players, before being booked by referee Mike Dean after his altercation with Paredes.

The Spaniard appeared to be punched by Paredes, only for the Ecuadorian to go down after a brief skirmish with the Blues striker.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Deeney has said that Paredes, who was also shown a yellow card, is “an idiot” for rolling on the floor:

“The way I grew up playing football, people would probably get a kick for rolling around and doing it the other way. I just thought it was a bit pathetic,” Deeney said.

“My only question to the referee was if Costa is going to get another talking to, what was the point in talking to him the first time?

“He agreed with it, gave a yellow card and booked our guy, too. When he booked our guy I can’t say anything because if you roll around like an idiot that is what you get.

“I am going to try and protect my man as much as I can but he didn’t help himself, let’s put it that way.”

Paredes spent his early years playing in the Ecuadorian Serie A, before moving to Vicarage Road in the summer of 2014, and Deeney believes that the difference in culture may be to blame:

“Look at me: I am a big guy so when I go down, normally it hurts. I don’t throw myself on the floor,” Deeney added.

“I am just brought up old-school and I don’t get why would you go down.

“It is different. I don’t think if I go down, roll around and hold my face people are going to think I am cool, they are going to think you look more of an idiot, to be honest

“I’ll have a chat with him but he is not from England, he is not brought up the way I am brought up, whereas the way he is used to playing, that is normal.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois expressed some frustration after the 0-0 draw at Watford.

The team hasn’t lost a game since Guus Hiddink took charge of it, but the points Chelsea gained in the last six weeks are still not enough to yearn for the fourth place, the last one available for the Champions League ( through playoff).

Chelsea are still 13th in the league with 29 points, 16 points behind Arsenal, currently fourth with 45:

“Being unbeaten is always important but obviously we would have preferred to win than draw,” Courtois said to Chelsea website.

“We could have won, it’s a pity we didn’t but now we have an important game against Manchester United. We want to win every game and move up the table, it’s another big one.”

He praised also his colleague Gomes, that made two super saves, keeping a clean sheet for Watford:

“We’re not happy, we had the biggest chances and Gomes made two big saves. We cannot be happy with a point but it was a solid performance.

“He’s a very good goalkeeper and he proved that, the last save from Diego was terrific and he saved them the points. That save was really good; it was a close-range header, I was in line with the ball and I thought it was going in but then I saw his arm going across.”

Courtois also analysed the game:

“It was a game where they were solid at the back and when we tried to play the ball into midfield they put pressure on us so it wasn’t easy to find the gaps,’ said the Blues goalkeeper.

“It was a close game, in the end I think we had the better chances. Gomes made two big saves and it could have been three points for us.”

 

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