Chelsea target won’t leave the club in January

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Chelsea target Nathan Ake is in no rush to leave his ‘amazing’ life in Bournemouth, but surely hasn’t ruled out a move in the future.

The Netherlands international defender has been linked with a return to his former club, with the Blues able to activate a £40m buy-back clause in his deal.

Chelsea have made a brilliant start to life under Frank Lampard, but their defence has come in for criticism and clean sheets have established hard to come by in the Premier League and in Europe.

The 24-year-old defender, who the Blues sold to Bournemouth for £20m, could be the answer to their difficulties, but he would have to be prised away from his ‘chilled’ life in Bournemouth.

‘I love Bournemouth, the place where we live is amazing,’ Ake told Sky Sports. ‘It’s so chilled and nice, and also the club itself is a family club. Especially as a young player to come here, it’s a perfect fit.

‘I don’t like to look too far ahead normally, I see it season-by-season or game-by-game. We will see what happens. I don’t like to go too much ahead of time.’

Nathan Ake joined Chelsea at the age of 16 and was member of the club until he went for the Cherries in 2017, so he has a strong connection with Stamford Bridge.

The defender reveals that he still keeps a close eye on what is going on in west London and has been thoroughly affected with how Frank Lampard has done since returning to the club.

‘Yeah, 100 per cent [I have been impressed],’ Ake continued. ‘With the transfer ban, they couldn’t buy anyone, so they used the youth players and they have done fantastically. It’s so good to see, and I’m so happy for everyone who is playing now.

‘Everyone could always see Frank Lampard would become a head coach. The way he was as a player, always trying to help people and on everyone’s case. I’m very happy for Chelsea.’