NATHAN AKE has revealed he was left “broken” after working under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.
Dutch defender Ake made just seven appearances in five years with the Blues, before joining Bournemouth for £20million in 2017.
Getty – Contributor Nathan Ake has revealed how Jose Mourinho left him feeling ‘broken’ at Chelsea
But the 24-year-old has explained how Mourinho’s arrival in 2013 damaged his development.
Ake told the Daily Telegraph: “I went to the first team at Chelsea and played under Rafa Benitez and I always thought, ‘Why is everyone saying setbacks are coming because everything is going up, up, up?’
“The season after Benitez left, I thought this was going to be my season. Then Jose Mourinho came and, without training, I got dropped into the second team.
“That was one of the toughest things for me, mentally. I was quite broken. Everything was going great, I played a few games, I was young player of the year and then I was in the reserves again.”
Getty – Contributor Ake broke into the Chelsea first-team under Rafa Benitez
PA:Press Association Dutchman Ake said Mourinho dropped him without seeing him train
Six years on and Ake has become a key figure at Bournemouth with 30 appearances already this season for Eddie Howe’s team.
The centre-back will be part of the side that faces champions Manchester City at the Vitality Stadium today.
Bournemouth are 12th in the Premier League table and could climb into the top half with a win.
But the Cherries have never won against City and Pep Guardiola’s team has not conceded in their last three league games.
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