Confirmed: Versatile Chelsea defender will not return to Stamford Bridge

Sankha Ghosh / 22 December 2015

Defender Nathan Ake confirms he is not interested to cut short his loan spell at Watford for first-team football at Chelsea this season.

The promising Dutchman chose a season-long move to Vicarage Road when he find himself on the fringes of Jose Mourinho’s team at the start of the season, and since then has gone on to prove himself as a regular starter at left-back with Watford, who have are holding on to their seventh position in the Premier League.

Chelsea host the newly-promoted Hornets at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day under Guus Hiddink, who has been appointed as interim manager on Saturday following Jose  Mourinho’s second acrimonious exit from the club whom he famously led to the Premier League title back in May.

But despite the recent changes at his parent club, Ake feels he will not be required to return to Stamford Bridge in January and thinks he will improve more by seeing out his loan spell at Vicarage Road.

“I don’t think that because the manager changes, suddenly I have a chance to play,” he revealed in an interview with Guardian “I think it’s just a matter of yourself, how you’re playing, how you develop, and if you’re able to come back next season and perform.

“I just try to play my game and develop myself; I think that’s the most important thing. I’m playing well now but you need to do the whole season, not just a couple of games. I need to develop and then we’ll see next year.”

When asked how he would react if Guus Hiddink asked him to return, Ake replied: “It’s difficult to say. Of course, I’m happy here because I play every time, and I think that’s going to be the case if I stay here. I think I’ll still be here in February.”

However, Ake will not be able to play against Chelsea on Boxing Day because of the terms of his loan agreement, but admitted he has no concerns about losing the rhythm.

“Of course, you want to keep playing but the next game is just two days after, so it’s not a long wait,” he added. “I think it’s really good for me to play, it really helps me.”


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