Top Chelsea target, Nathan Ake played down talks of a potential switch by claiming to not look too far ahead.
“I love Bournemouth,” Ake said. “The place where we live is amazing. It’s so chilled and nice, and also the club itself is a family club. Especially as a young player to come here, it’s a perfect fit.
“I don’t like to look too far ahead normally, I see it season-by-season or game-by-game. We will see what happens. I don’t like to go too much ahead of time.”
Ake has been impressed by Chelsea’s rise under Frank Lampard. “Yeah, 100 per cent [I have been impressed],” he added. “With the transfer ban, they couldn’t buy anyone, so they used the youth players and they have done fantastically. It’s so good to see and I’m so happy for everyone who is playing now.
“Everyone could always see Frank Lampard would become a head coach. The way he was as a player, always trying to help people and on everyone’s case. I’m very happy for Chelsea.”
When asked if he enjoyed his six years at Stamford Bridge, the Bournemouth defender replied, “It was one of the best things I’ve done. When I came over, there was a lot of criticism that I was too young to go to England. I just wanted to take that experience and be a better player.
“It was perfect for me, playing with all the best players in the youth league, and we won stuff. I made the step up very early. Training with big stars and playing with big stars, making my debut at 17. Going out on loan. Mental setbacks. I have learned so much and I am so much stronger.”
Chelsea have an option to bring Ake back to West London by simply paying out £40m. He is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury.