Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen are reportedly interested in Chelsea’s highly rated youngster Nathan Ake and have made contacts with the London giants over a possible transfer in January, or next summer.
Ake, who has already made several first team appearances, is one of the brightest young talents in Chelsea academy, and has all the potentials to break into the first team in coming years.
Matt Dickinson of The Times wrote last month that Chelsea’s biggest challenge at the moment is not winning the Champions League but grooming and bringing in players into first team squad from the academy. He wrote:
“There are high hopes for Nathan Aké, 19, a Dutch defender, and Andreas Christensen, the 18-year-old Dane, as well as Nathaniel Chalobah, the England Under-21 midfielder on loan at Burnley. Which, if any, will make it? Perhaps none…”
The 19-year-old old recently gave an interview to NUSport, where he says he is hoping to get more games at Chelsea.
“I am happy with how things are going at Chelsea this season. I have played few games and I think I’m edging closer to break into first eleven.
“I recently had a conversation with Jose Mourinho. He is happy with my progress. I know if I keep improving, I will get more chances.”
The youngster also mentions that he is not looking for any loan move at the moment, as that would take him farther away from the first team actions. Judging by his words, it seems like he wants to start regularly at Chelsea and impress his manager.
Chelsea do invest heavily on their academy. The Blues have spent millions on hiring top coaches, improving the facilities and recruiting some of the best youngsters in the world. Yet, with 26 players out on loan, it seems like Chelsea’s youth policy is all about farming out young players for profit.
German magazine Sport Bild claim that Werder Bremen were looking to exploit Chelsea’s loan policy and want to bring Ake, who has a contract till 2018, but Mourinho rates the U-21 Dutch international very highly and is not looking to send him on loan, not to talk about any permanent move.