Football: Bournemouth sign Nathan Ake from Chelsea for club record fee

Chelsea's Dutch defender Nathan Ake plays the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London on May 15, 2017.
Chelsea's Dutch defender Nathan Ake plays the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London on May 15, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - Bournemouth have signed Netherlands defender Nathan Ake from Premier League champions Chelsea for an undisclosed club record fee, the south coast club confirmed on Friday.

The 22-year-old made just 17 appearances for Chelsea since joining in 2011 and spent the first half of last season on loan at Bournemouth, where he scored three goals in 12 appearances, before being recalled by the London club in January.

"I had a great time here last season so I'm really happy to be back," Ake told Bournemouth's website of a move British media reported to be for a fee of £20 million (S$35.83 million). "It's an exciting challenge... this is a new step and the right place for me to develop even more. With the help of the manager here I know I can keep improving and become a better player."

He previously completed loan spells at Watford and Championship side Reading.

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"I am delighted that we have completed the signing of Nathan on a permanent basis," Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said. "Nathan is an outstanding young player with a fantastic attitude and a great desire to learn and develop.

"He has a very bright future ahead of him and I'm very pleased to say that future is here."