Chelsea will not be re-signing Manchester City's Nathan Ake this summer but the defender is reportedly pleased with the deal collapsing.
It was agreed that the former Bournemouth player would remain at the Etihad for the considerable future after being heavily linked with a move back to Stamford Bridge. But now The Athletic reports that the Dutch defender will be going staying put and that he is 'pleased' that’s the case.
It had even been reported that personal terms were agreed for him to join Thomas Tuchel's side – but Man City pulled the plug, believing him to be a crucial player in the side, who offers a great deal of versatility. Also, the Blues were not able to meet the Premier League champions' valuation of Ake and, consequently, a mutual decision was reached between the player and the sellers for him to remain.
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Ake joined Pep Guardiola’s side from Bournemouth in 2020 for a fee of £41million, in what was a bit of a shock move at the time. But he made just 24 league appearances in two seasons and has not been able to tie down a first-team spot.
The centre-back still has three years left on his current deal and is set to see out the next campaign at least.
Chelsea have been able to land Raheem Sterling from the club, though, in what was a £47.5million deal from the Citizens and they are on the lookout for more defenders following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen at the end of their contracts. Kalidou Koulibaly has also joined up with the side from Napoli.
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But it’s been Sterling’s move that has taken the headlines. Thomas Tuchel said of the player: "It is not the moment that he joins full team training in every minute on the pitch. We will see what happens but it is pretty obvious what he delivers and that's exactly what you see on the pitch.
“I have a feeling that he is absolutely happy to be here. It's a new chapter for him and I feel he is ready to fulfil this chapter in his career.
"They are relaxed first days on an individual programme, which is pretty demanding but on a different level to the others. "
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