Chelsea boss Conte admits he may recall Nathan Ake from Bournemouth

Will Antonio Conte start Nathan Ake at Chelsea
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10 January, 2017

The Dutch U21 global was officially recalled by his parent club on Sunday (8 January) after the Blues opted to activate the January recall option in his season-long loan agreement with Premier League rivals Bournemouth.

The Italian manager Conte called back 21 years old defender back to Chelsea in order to strengthen his defending option.

Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, has however admitted that Ake's return is nearly done.

"Ake can fill in but I think he'll just be a number", he told Sky Sports. He can play on the left and in the middle.

"He is very much committed to Chelsea at the moment and is their player so I wouldn't want to say anything disrespectful to them".

Nathan Ake rejoined Chelsea last week
GETTY Nathan Ake rejoined Chelsea last week

At the end of December, Eddie Howe politely declined to comment on the possibility of Cherries tabling a bid for Ake out of respect to his parent club. "It would be a huge blow to us as he's done so well".

But with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte seeking competition for left-sided wing-back Marcos Alonso, Ake has been summoned back to Stamford Bridge.

The return of the 21-year-old Dutchman is surely now on the cards and a point for other Premier League teams to take a note of.

The Netherlands Under-21 worldwide has played for Chelsea five times in the Premier League, the last of those appearances coming in May 2015, and he is now set to be involved in their title chase.

Alongside the return of Ake, Kurt Zouma has made a return to full fitness after he featured in Chelsea's FA Cup win.

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