|Nathan Benjamin Aké
|Date of Birth
|February 18, 1995
|The Hague, Netherlands
|1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
|December 26, 2012
Nathan Ake is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a defender for the Netherlands national team and Premier League side Manchester City. Even though his main position is as a center-back, he has been utilized as a left-back as well. The left-footed player is known for his versatility which has been attributed to his good work ethic, professionalism, and gifted technique.
Nathan Ake is a professional footballer who was born on February 18, 1995, in The Hague, Netherlands. Ake started his youth career with local club ADO Den Haag, where he impressed with his skills and talent. He quickly progressed through the youth ranks and was soon called up to the first team. In 2011, at the age of just 16, Ake made his professional debut for ADO Den Haag in a match against FC Twente.
After starting his career with ADO Den Haag and Feyenoord Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Ake joined Chelsea FC in 2012. He spent five seasons with the club, but most of his time was spent out on loan at various other clubs.
During his time at Chelsea, Ake was loaned out to Watford FC, Reading FC, and Bournemouth FC. He played regularly for these clubs and gained valuable experience in the English Premier League. In 2016, Ake returned to Chelsea and played a more significant role in the first team, making 20 appearances in all competitions.
In 2017, Ake was sold to AFC Bournemouth, where he became a key player in the team's defense. He played for Bournemouth for two seasons, making 80 appearances in all competitions and scoring four goals.
In 2019, Ake was signed by Manchester City FC for a reported fee of £41 million, making him one of the most expensive defenders in the club's history. He has played regularly for the team since his arrival, helping them to win the Premier League and Carabao Cup in his first season. He won another Premier League title in his second season with the club and has become a regular for Manchester City.
Ake has represented the Netherlands national team since 2017, when he made his debut in a friendly match against Morocco. Since then, he has been a regular member of the national team, playing in important matches such as the UEFA Nations League and World Cup Qualifiers.
He was part of the Netherlands squad that reached the final of the 2019 UEFA Nations League, where they lost to Portugal. He also played in the team's successful qualification campaign for the 2020 European Championships, although he was not selected for the final tournament due to injury.
He has made 34 appearances for the Netherlands, scoring three goals to date.
- Ake made his professional debut for ADO Den Haag at the age of 16, becoming one of the youngest players to ever play in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Awards and Achievements
|Football League Cup: 2014–15
|UEFA Europa League: 2012–13
|Premier League: 2020–21, 2021–22
|EFL Cup: 2020–21
|UEFA European Under-17 Championship: 2011, 2012
|Chelsea Young Player of the Year: 2012–13
|Watford Young Player of the Season: 2015–16
|AFC Bournemouth Supporters Player of the Season: 2017–18
Ake is known for his humility and work ethic. He has a reputation for being a hard worker on and off the pitch, and he is respected by his teammates and coaches for his professionalism. He is also known for his charitable work. He has supported several causes over the years, including organizations that provide support to children and families in need.
As of 2023, his net worth is estimated to be around $11 million.
Ake comes from a close-knit family with a strong footballing background. His father, Moise Ake, was a footballer in the Netherlands, and his brother, Cedric Ake, is also a professional footballer who plays for the Netherlands national team.
Ake has often spoken about the influence that his family has had on his career, particularly his father. Moise Ake has been a supportive presence throughout Nathan's career, and he has been known to attend many of his son's matches.
Ake married Kaylee Ramman in 2022, the couple had been in a relationship since 2011. They also have a daughter together.
In 2020, it was reported that Ake had purchased a luxury mansion in Cheshire, England. The property, which reportedly cost £2.6 million, features a gym, a cinema room, and a games room, among other amenities. The mansion is also said to have an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, and a hot tub.