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Ake could leave Chelsea again, Southampton join the hunt

Nathan Ake could leave Chelsea again this summer, either on-loan or permanently, after failing to break into Antonio Conte’s first-team since his return to Stamford Bridge in January,¬†The Telegraph¬†reports.

What’s the word?

After impressing in the first-half of the season on-loan with Bournemouth, Nathan Ake saw his loan spell with the Cherries cut short so that he could return to Chelsea- with Antonio Conte believing that he’s ready for first-team football at Stamford Bridge.

Since his return though, Ake has experienced only limited opportunities in the Blues set-up, playing just twice in the FA Cup victories over Brentford and Wolves- with no chances coming his way in Chelsea’s Premier League push.

With Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz ahead of him, as well as Kurt Zouma and John Terry also fighting for central defensive positions, it was always going to be difficult for Ake to get chances but the Blues are now at risk of losing him permanently.

Who’s keen?

The Telegraph¬†states Bournemouth are keen to bring Ake back to the south-coast, whilst Southampton have also joined the hunt for his services as they eye defensive recruits following the January exit of Jose Fonte and continued question-marks over Virgil Van Dijk’s future at the club.

Another loan move could occur for the 22-year-old but, due to his age, he may seek a permanent move to clinch regular football- although he does have a chance of securing those opportunities at Chelsea, with John Terry set to leave and Gary Cahill possibly joining him.

However, the lack of guarantees could be a problem in Chelsea’s offers to Ake and both Southampton and Bournemouth would likely put Ake as one of the first names on their team-sheet, which the young Dutchman may find difficult to turn down.

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