Gary Neville sends message to Chelsea fans about Nathan Ake

Gary Neville heaps praise on Nathan Ake and is backing the defender to fulfil his potential at Chelsea

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville Photo: Screengrab

Gary Neville has lavished praise on Nathan Ake and says that the young defender has massive potential at Chelsea.

The Dutch youngster has found his first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge to be limited since being recalled from his loan spell at Bournemouth in January early.

However, the 22-year-old made his first Premier League start of the season for Chelsea on Monday night as the Blues beat Watford 4-3 at Stamford Bridge.

It remains to be seen whether Ake will be able to break into the first team and hold down a regular spot in the Chelsea line-up next season after his return to Stamford Bridge from Bournemouth in January.

However, former Manchester United defender Neville is expecting to see Ake fulfil his potential at Chelsea in the coming seasons.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Neville said: “Ake is a young player who has big potential. He will learn from that [on Monday night]. He will be taught the principles.”

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Chelsea are chasing a domestic double this season and will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley at the end of the month.

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