Nathan Ake ‘will be distraught’ to return to Chelsea

Date published: Monday 9th January 2017 11:50

Nathan Ake will be “distraught” at having to return to Chelsea and possibly claim a Premier League winner’s medal, according to Ray Wilkins.

Ake started the season on loan at Bournemouth, but has impressed sufficiently to earn a recall from manager Antonio Conte.

The defender, who can also play in midfield, will now provide some much-needed versatility to Chelsea’s squad in the title run-in.

But talking to Sky Sports, former Chelsea assistant Wilkins says that Ake will be devastated at having to return to Stamford Bridge.

“He can fill a number of positions, but I think that’s what he’ll be: a number,” he said.

“I don’t think he’ll play, and I reckon Nathan is a little bit distraught this morning. He’s playing week in, week out for Bournemouth, and he’s doing a really, really good job.

“He’s coming back into the Chelsea fold now, and will he play? I don’t think he will personally.

“Conte doesn’t change the team a lot, unless there’s burnout. But they’ve got no European football.

“I’m not a great lover of Marcos Alonso. He’s doing okay, but will Nathan come in the side? I don’t think he will.”

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