Cape Town - Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists
they have heard nothing from Tottenham regarding an apparent approach
for promising defender Nathan Ake.
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The Netherlands international has reportedly attracted admiring
glances from Spurs after enjoying a fine 2017/18 campaign at the
Ake featured in all 38 Premier League games for the Cherries last
term and his impressive form led to a clean sweep of the club's
Howe has praised the 23-year-old for his consistent performances and
says it's only natural for him to be linked with bigger teams, but was
quick to play down talk of a potential return to the capital for the
former Chelsea youngster.
"I think that's a compliment to Nathan and how he's played since he signed for us permanently," Howe told Sky Sports about the rumours.
"He's been a model of consistency. He picked up all the player awards
that he did at the end of last season and he's carried that form into
"With any type of speculation that you are linked with, the clubs
he's been mentioned with, it's a good sign. However, that doesn't mean
we're about to lose him. He's a massive part of what we're doing.
"[There has been] nothing from our side, where it comes from I don't
know. It's inevitable [to be linked] when the team is doing well people
will naturally highlight our players, potential players who can go on
and play at a higher level.
"I look at it as a compliment to the team. It certainly won't disrupt
Nathan, knowing how level-headed he is. For him he's such a good
personality it won't affect him in any way."