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Nathan Ake joins AFC Bournemouth for club record fee of $26 million

Nathan Ake became AFC Bournemouth’s record signing on Friday as they paid a reported $26 million for his services.

football Updated: Jun 30, 2017 14:14 IST
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Nathan Ake became AFC Bournemouth’s third signing of the close season.
Nathan Ake became AFC Bournemouth’s third signing of the close season. (REUTERS)

Dutch international Nathan Ake became Premier League side Bournemouth’s record signing on Friday as they paid a reported $26 million to champions Chelsea for his services.

The 22-year-old central defender -- who is Bournemouth’s third signing of the close season following those of Bosnian international goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and veteran England striker Jermain Defoe -- shone for the “Cherries” when on loan from Chelsea last season.

Ake, who notably scored the winner for Bournemouth in a remarkable come from behind 4-3 win over Liverpool before returning to Chelsea in January, said he could progress more as a player at his new club as playing opportunities at the champions were scarce.

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“I had a great time here last season so I’m really happy to be back,” Ake told the club website.

“It’s an exciting challenge. Chelsea is a great club and I learned so much there but this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more.

“The fans haven’t seen the best of me yet. I always set the bar high so I know there is a lot of things I still have to work on.

“With the help of the manager here I know I can keep improving and become a better player.”

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, who finalised Defoe’s move on a free transfer on Thursday, said he was delighted to have persuaded the two-times capped Ake to join the club on a permanent basis.

“I am delighted that we have completed the signing of Nathan on a permanent basis,” said Howe.

“He is someone we know all about, having had a very successful loan spell here last season.

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“Nathan is an outstanding young player with a fantastic attitude and a great desire to learn and develop.

“He has a very bright future ahead of him and I’m very pleased to say that future is here.”

First Published: Jun 30, 2017 14:14 IST