Over recent weeks Netherlands international Nathan Ake has been linked with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
The 23-year-old had been away on international duty when the speculation began to circulate in the media.
It began with potential £40million January bids from both Manchester United and Tottenham, with the £40million potential fee muted because Ake’s previous club Chelsea reportedly hold an option to buy him back for a fee in the region of that figure.
Mourinho previously worked with 23-year-old Ake at Stamford Bridge whilst the pair were still at Chelsea. The initial report claiming he would be seen as the answer “to United’s defensive woes”.
Meanwhile, Pochettino was said to believe that Ake could be a suitable replacement for Toby Alderweireld, who has refused to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane after he was refused a transfer to Manchester United during the summer.
When asked directly if the Dean Court faithful should be concerned about his possible departure, AFC Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake told the Daily Echo…
“I am enjoying my time at Bournemouth. It is so good.
“I am playing, the manager is helping me a lot and the fans are good as well. They are always behind us so no, don’t be worried.
“It is speculation. It is papers. If something is true it is praise that you are doing something right but just keep doing the same, trying to play well for Bournemouth and see what happens.”
We were discussing rumours of Ake linked with other clubs.
One point was would more money and playing at a bigger club would lure him away?
I suggested he already has been at a bigger club (Chelsea) and at best was on the bench most of the time or out on loan.
Since he has been our player he has played regular football under the eye of our manager who has also coached him.
Our club and Ake have both benefitted from this.
Bigger money and possibly sitting on the bench again at a bigger club or playing regular football and being coached by one of the best coaches in this country in Eddie and his assistant Jason?
It depends I suppose what the player puts as a priority, money or playing regularly. – Join the conversation, click here.