Chelsea had 72 hours to match Manchester City’s offer for Ake

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Manchester City confirmed the signing of Nathan Ake on Wednesday, and the Blues academy product will team up with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City next season.

The former Chelsea defender suffered relegation with Bournemouth, and City paid £41m to sign him up. Meanwhile, Chelsea had a 72-hour window to match City’s bid as Chelsea had a £40m release clause inserted in his deal.

However, Chelsea declined against the option of activating the Dutchman’s release clause due to the Blues’ doubts about the Dutchman’s height and strength. Reports claim Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wasn’t too convinced about the former Chelsea defender, and would rather sign a physical defender to solve Chelsea’s defensive woes.

Former Manchester City defender, Danny Mills, believe Ake will improve under the guidance of Pep Guardiola.

“He clearly doesn’t fancy John Stones, Otamendi at times, and he can’t keep on playing Fernandinho out of position,” former City full-back Mills told talkSPORT.

“You have to remember he has had a good schooling as well, he was at Chelsea and then he had a few loan deals.

“At the time he probably left Chelsea because they had some very good defenders and he didn’t see a pathway of getting through and breaking into their team.

“He went out on loan and obviously left for Bournemouth on a permanent deal.

“He’s a good player. He can play, but he can also defend. Then you have to think, what has Guardiola done with the majority of signings that he’s had? He has improved them.”

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