Defender admits: “It’s difficult to say if I’ll play for Chelsea again”

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake has been talking about his move to the south coast and his old club Chelsea.

The 22-year-old spent the first half of last season on loan with the Cherries before Antonio Conte recalled him for the remainder of the Blues’ title-winning campaign. He made four starts under the Italian before deciding to make a permanent move to join up with Eddie Howe in the summer.

“That’s what I needed to develop; to learn, to make mistakes and to grow as a player and that’s what I think I am doing,” Ake told the Evening Standard.

“I said that before the transfer that I always put pressure on myself and don’t feel extra pressure because of the money. I always want to perform. So I don’t feel pressure.

“Of course you want to perform, and you have to perform but the more you play, the more comfortable you feel. I always put pressure on myself but not extra pressure.”

The defender was also asked about the prospect of returning to the Blues one day in search of silverware.

“I think it’s difficult to say now,” he said. “I just came to Bournemouth and I love it.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – JULY 30: Nathan Ake of AFC Bournemouth in action during the pre-season friendly match between AFC Bournemouth and Valencia CF at Vitality Stadium on July 30, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“I’m playing week in and week out and I’m learning – so it’s too far to look at that.”

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