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Ake explains Chelsea departure

2017-08-01 10:45
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Cape Town - Nathan Ake insists that a footballer’s career is too short to wait around on the bench, as he explained his recent switch from Chelsea to Bournemouth.

Blues boss Antonio Conte had lamented the impatience of young players wanting to leave the club, but the 22-year-old Netherlands international disagrees.

"I understand what he said but I think we also know that Chelsea is a big club and for myself it was going to be difficult to come in and play straight away," Ake told reporters.

"It is a short career, but I'm 22 now and I feel like I have had a good experience playing games and you just want to continue doing that.

"The decision to come here was to be able to play more games which is important for me and that is why I came here.

"There are no guarantees that I will play coming here but if I train hard and play well then I will have a chance. Hopefully, I can be in the team from the start of the season."

Ake’s experience as a Chelsea academy player is in many ways typical: Having been signed from Feyenoord as a teenager, almost all of his first-team experience has come while on loan elsewhere.

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