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AFC Bournemouth have not given up on Nathan Aké yet — report

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Since returning to Chelsea from his half-season loan stint at Bournemouth, Nathan Aké has been largely uninvolved. He has made only two appearances, both starts in the FA Cup, and while presumably he’s learning and improving in training, the situation is a far cry from his fairly regular playing time at the Cherries.

Due to Aké's lack of playing time and the prospect of Chelsea bringing in reinforcements in the summer, Bournemouth could be looking to take advantage of the situation and re-acquire the 22-year-old, this time perhaps even on a permanent basis. That’s according to a report from the Daily Mail.

Bournemouth had already showed their intentions to keep Aké by offering £18 million on the last day of the winter transfer window, but those advances were rebuffed by the Blues.

While Aké would certainly fit Bournemouth's needs of shoring up their ailing defence, he provides needed depth for Chelsea at the moment. But if Chelsea do bring in a few upgrades over the summer, the situation could quickly shift towards a not-so-promising outlook for the young Dutchman. As promising a step as it was to see him recalled in January, his future is far from assured at the club.