AKE REVEALS TWO CHELSEA LEGENDS THAT HAVE HELPED HIM IN HIS CAREER

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Former Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake is now a Bournemouth player, after leaving Stamford Bridge to join the Cherries for £20 million.

The 22-year-old was on loan to Bournemouth during the first half of last season and was recalled in January but wasn’t given enough chance and decided to leave the club on a permanent deal.

He has revealed how Chelsea legends John Terry and Paolo Ferreira helped him grow.

He said: “There are really a lot of players who helped me, who talked to me. The main ones were maybe JT and Paolo Ferreira.

“JT will make a really good coach. He was already writing down training sessions and everything just to be a manager.

“He was always looking and just the way he interacts with people, the way he likes to help young players is great. He came over straight away and was talking to us, saying, ‘Don’t be nervous, just play your own game’.

“He’s always in contact. Even when I was out on loan he was sending me text messages saying, ‘Well played’ or, ‘Keep going’.

“After games when I’d scored or had done well he’d text me saying, ‘Well done’ or ‘Congratulations’.

“It was like he was still connected with you.

“He was a good influence in the dressing room even when he wasn’t playing. He could be thinking, ‘Ah, I should be starting, I’m going to moan’. But he wasn’t.

“He was always there. Even when he was injured he’d travel and be in the changing room making speeches, or keeping everyone lively before games – making sure people realised how important the games were.”

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