Bournemouth have confirmed that Chelsea have activated the recall clause which will see Nathan Ake return to Stamford Bridge with immediate effect.
The 21-year-old joined Eddie Howe’s side on a temporary deal last summer and has netted three goals in 12 outings for the club this season.
Blues boss Antonio Conte had recently hinted that he would welcome the Dutchman back in West London and the Cherries have now confirmed that the player is no longer under their management.
“Ake has started the last eight games he has been eligible for but Chelsea have activated an option to recall him during the opening weeks of January, and the 21-year-old will return to Stamford Bridge immediately,” the statement read on the Cherries’ official website.
Despite being a holding midfielder in his early career, the Netherlands under-21 international has adapted well to the left-back and centre-back positions. He will be free to feature for the Blues in their cup run after he was excluded from Bournemouth’s FA Cup defeat at Millwall.
Both Marcos Alonso and Gary Cahill have looked shaky at the back for Chelsea this season, and Ake could replace one of the two in the second half of the campaign.