Former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake has revealed Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop him to the reserves after replacing Rafa Benitez as Chelsea boss left him broken.
Benitez gave Ake his debut at Chelsea and the defender expected things to progress for him at the club the following season after Mourinho replaced Benitez but was disappointed to be dropped to the reserves.
He was named Chelsea’s Young Player of the Year in his debut season under Benitez.
Ake told The Telegraph: “I went to the first team at Chelsea and played under Rafa Benitez and I always thought, ‘why is everyone saying setbacks are coming because everything is going up, up, up?’
“The season after Benitez left I thought, ‘this is going to be my season’.
“Then Jose Mourinho came and, without training, I got dropped into the second team.
“That was one of the toughest things for me, mentally. I was quite broken. Everything was going great, I played a few games, I was Young Player of the Year and then I was in the reserves again.”
Ake made 17 appearances for Chelsea and had spells on loan at Reading, Watford and Bournemouth before joining Bournemouth for £20million in the summer of 2017.
Ake has been linked with a summer move to top clubs in Europe following impressive performances for Bournemouth.