Nathan Ake opens up about first Chelsea conversation with Antonio Conte
The Chelsea defender lifts the lid on his conversation with Antonio Conte upon his return to Stamford Bridge
Nathan Ake has lifted the lid on his first conversation with Antonio Conte after the Chelsea manager recalled Ake from his loan spell at Bournemouth.
The Netherlands international was brought back to the Premier League leaders in order to provide cover at the back for Conte’s first-choice centre-halves.
The 23-year-old was impressive during his short-term loan at the Vitality Stadium after he scored three times in 10 appearances in the Premier League.
Ake was used at centre-half or full-back under Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s best-young defenders.
The Dutch defender was given a chance to shine at wing-back on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea eased to a 4-0 win against Championship side Brentford at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Chelsea’s website about his return to Stamford Bridge from his loan spell on the south coast, Ake said:
“On the first day I was back, [Antonio Conte] called me into his office and explained the different positions he sees me in and what he expects from me when I play those positions.
“For him, age doesn’t matter. I just have to show him I’m ready to be here and that’s what I try to do in training. It was positive that he called me back and it gave me a lot of confidence.”
Chelsea are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table.