NATHAN AKE says Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s desire to see him play is the reason for his recall from Bournemouth.
The Dutch defender was on a season-long loan at the Vitality Stadium.
But, after impressing in recent weeks, Ake was told to return to Chelsea.
David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill are Conte’s favoured back three at present with Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso as wing-backs.
Ake is expected to challenge for a place in the team and he is ready to learn under Conte.
“He’s happy for me to come back,” Ake told Chelsea TV.
“He said he’s watched my games and that I did well in those games.
“He wants to see me here, how I’ll do in this team and, yes, to learn different positions.
“I’m looking forward to training and learning a lot under this coach.”
Mourinho fears Chelsea will hijack Manchester United’s transfer deal
Manchester United fear Chelsea could hijack their move for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko in the summer and could move for the Frenchman this month to bring him to Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old has emerged as one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe and he’s attracted keen interest from the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho’s side have won their last nine matches and it’s no coincidence that Michael Carrick’s reemergence has seen an upturn in results.
However, the 35-year-old is out of contract in the summer and Mourinho views France U21 international Bakayoko as Carrick’s ideal replacement.
Chelsea, though, are also keen and United risk losing out on the Frenchman if they wait until the summer.
According to ESPN, United fear Chelsea’s interest in Bakayoko could spark a bidding war and they may fast-track their move for the midfielder by making a bid this month.
West Ham United to resist Chelsea offers for Michail Antonio
West Ham United reportedly have no interest in selling Michail Antonio to Chelsea, amid talk that Antonio Conte had made the versatile wideman his top January target.
The Blues have so far resisted the temptation to delve into the winter transfer window, instead focusing on bringing Nathan Ake back to the club from his Bournemouth loan.
Conte could still make an approach for West Ham ace Antonio, though, who has starred in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the Hammers by scoring eight times in the Premier League.
According to the Daily Star, however, West Ham are unwilling to entertain any offers for their key performer no matter how much London rivals Chelsea eventually offer.
Antonio is said to be seen as crucial to Slaven Bilic’s long-term plans at the London Stadium, and the club will do all they possibly can to keep him in place beyond the end of this month.
United are currently 13th in the top flight, now seven points above the drop zone after a slight upturn in fortunes since the start of December.