At 22, he felt that playing regularly at a smaller club was more important that… dusting off Chelsea’s bench, so he moved to Bournemouth, one of the four youngsters who left the Blues this summer, in search of regular game time.
It is a short career, but I’m 22 now and I feel like I have had a good experience playing games and you just want to continue doing that
Nathan Ake told reporters after his new team’s 1-0 loss to Valencia. He was then asked to comment on what Antonio Conte said the other day, that young players these days lose their patience early, are are badly advised by agents and other people in their environment.
I understand what he said but I think we also know that Chelsea is a big club and for myself it was going to be difficult to come in and play straight away. The decision to come here was to be able to play more games which is important for me and that is why I came here
the Netherlands international said, disagreeing with his former coach in a very… polite way.
Ake spent half of last season at Bournemouth playing in half of their games before Christmas, when he was called back to Chelsea. There, he made only two Premier League appearances. He played in three FA Cup matches as well, but the total tally of five games made him decide to leave the Blues for good.