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Netherlands Under-21 international: Why Antonio Conte wants me to play in midfield


The reason why Chelsea midfielder Nathan Ake has left the club on loan is to gain experience in a central midfielder role at Bournemouth.

The 21-year-old will play for the Cherries next season after agreeing to join on loan.

And he revealed that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants him to play in midfield ahead of a possible return to Stamford Bridge.

"To get an eye on how I cope, I think he wants to see me play a season there in the Premier League," Ake told BBC Radio Solent.

"The manager has been in discussions with the technical director [Michael Emenalo] at Chelsea. After this season, we'll see how I get on.

"I'm looking to improve myself as a player and get more games under my belt.

"There are also little things I can work on, but it depends which position I'm going to play. I know I can improve a lot of things, hopefully I can do that here."

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