Sky Sports: Chelsea end interest in Nathan Ake
- The 24-year-old has been linked with a Chelsea comeback.
- Chelsea have decided against exercising their £40m buy-back option for the defender.
- The Blues would rather focus on other targets.
Chelsea have been considering to exercise their £40m buy-back option for Nathan Ake. However, according to Sky Sports, the Blues are no longer interested in bringing back the former Stamford Bridge defender and would rather focus on other targets.
Ake joined Chelsea youth system from Feyenoord in 2011 at age 16. The Dutchman was promoted to the Blues' first team in 2012.
After making just 17 appearances for the first team and having 3 loan spells at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth in 5 years, Nathan joined the Cherries on a permanent basis for £20m. As it was revealed later, the Blues inserted a buy-back clause for the centre-back.
Ake has been brilliant for Bournemouth. Since the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign, the 24-year-old has played 96 games across all competitions for the Cherries, scoring 7 goals and providing 5 assists.
Incredibly enough, the defender has started in every single Premier League game in that period of time, except for 5 games he's missed this season due to a hamstring injury.