Ake remembers his early Chelsea days. Will his experience be needed at Chelsea?

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Nathan Ake sealed a permanent move from Chelsea to Bournemouth in 2017, and the 24-year-old has already established himself as a top player for the Cherries.

The Dutchman joined Chelsea at the age of 16 in 2011, and he has revealed how it was for him at first when he moved to Stamford Bridge.

“It was hard,” the 24-year-old told Sky Sports. “I had to report to the training ground, I think my parents were still there for the first week or so. So for the first week, I was sat with them in the canteen!

“Obviously you are new, so you want to meet new people, and after they left it got a lot more real. I went into digs, and that really helped to be fair, because you are alone suddenly.

“In digs, I was living with one other team-mate. It makes you speak English every day, and the people there were very nice. I’m not someone who misses home too much, it was a good new experience.

“My brother came over too, but I was not allowed to live with him. Chelsea wanted me to go into digs and learn English well, and learn from another team-mate.”

Ake has strongly been linked with a return to Chelsea as the Blues seek defensive reinforcement.

The Holland international left Chelsea for Bournemouth about two years ago but Chelsea inserted a £40 million buyback clause in his transfer to Bournemouth.

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