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Former Chelsea scout Piet de Visser, who was Roman Abramovich’s private scout for several years has urged Chelsea to go back and sign former defender Nathan Ake.
Ake joined Chelsea as a 16-year-old prodigy from the Netherlands but was unable to make a breakthrough into the Chelsea first team despite a number of loan moves and was eventually sold to Bournemouth for £20million in June 2017.
Ake is now worth over £40m and has blossomed for Eddie Howe’s side, and Visser has urged Chelsea to go back for the talented centre-back who’s now 24 years old. Visser also hinted that Ake is still crazy about his former club and will fit Lampard’s system.
De Visser told De Volkskrant : “Do you know how many players from the Chelsea academy have moved away? Dutch people too: Patrick van Aanholt, Nathan Ake.
“Ake should be playing at Chelsea now. He’s so good. He has timing and insight. I hope they buy him back. That boy is crazy about Chelsea and he has played with Lampard.”
The 85-year-old Dutchman has now admitted that he has been impressed by Lampard’s management and that the club is benefitting from allowing Maurizio Sarri leave for Juventus.
“Frank Lampard was like a brother to me when he was a Chelsea player,” De Visser added.
“He and John Terry always took hold of me. Lampard is a special type. He doesn’t talk much but he is a boss. He sees football well.
“Fortunately, trainer [Maurizio] Sarri was taken away from Chelsea this summer by Juventus, because he did not promote young bAoys either.”