Antonio Conte sends message to Chelsea fans about Nathan Ake

Antonio Conte was delighted by Nathan Ake's performance for Chelsea against Tottenham on Saturday

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: Screengrab

Antonio Conte has heaped praise on Nathan Ake following the defender’s strong performance for Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham on Saturday.

The Dutch youngster started in defence for Chelsea against Spurs in place of the injured Gary Cahill as the Blues sealed a dramatic 4-2 win over their London rivals to reach the FA Cup final.

Ake earned plenty of praise for his assured performance in the heart of Chelsea’s defence at Wembley on Saturday.

Cahill could make his return to the Chelsea side for Tuesday night’s clash against Southampton in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge after Conte confirmed that the England star is back in training.

However, the Chelsea boss also chose to highlight Ake’s impressive performance for Chelsea against Tottenham at the weekend.

“Gary yesterday he trained with us and also today,” Conte said at his news conference on Tuesday afternoon at Cobham.

“It is normal to check his condition and I want to speak very well with him tomorrow before I take the decision.

“I am very happy if he is able to pay tomorrow but also I want to underline Nathan Ake’s performance [against Spurs].

“I was pleased for his performance. He played a really good game and he is very important for us.”

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