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Bournemouth have completed the signing of 22-year-old Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for a fee of £20million.

Ake joins Bournemouth after spending the first half of the 2016/17 season on loan at Vitality Stadium.

“I had a great time here last season so I’m really happy to be back,” Ake said after completing the move to Bournemouth.

“It’s an exciting challenge. Chelsea is a great club and I learned so much there but this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more.

“The fans haven’t seen the best of me yet. I always set the bar high so I know there is a lot of things I still have to work on.

“With the help of the manager here I know I can keep improving and become a better player.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed he was happy to have completed the deal for the 22-year-old defender.

“I am delighted that we have completed the signing of Nathan on a permanent basis,” Howe said.

“He is someone we know all about, having had a very successful loan spell here last season.

“Nathan is an outstanding young player with a fantastic attitude and a great desire to learn and develop.

“He has a very bright future ahead of him and I’m very pleased to say that future is here.”

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