Nathan Benjamin Aké is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a center back for Bournemouth who turned down the opportunity to represent Côte d'Ivoire.
Born on 18th February 1995, Aké won the Chelsea Young Player of the Year in the 2012-13 season and Watford's Young Player of the Season in the 2015–16.
The left-footed player is known for his versatility which has been attributed along with good work ethic, professionalism, and gifted technique.
Born in The Hague, Netherlands, Aké started joined the VV Wilhelmus at the age of 6 and spent two years at the club till 2003 when ADO Den Haag brought him to the club.
After spending 4 seasons at the Den Haag, Dutch heavyweights Feyenoord signed him in 2007.
Chelsea’s eye was caught and they shelled out €800 Thousand to join the Chelsea youth team at the age of 16.
On 26th December 2012, Aké made his Premier League debut against Norwich City as a 17-year-old n the 1-0 win replacing Juan Mata as a substitute.
On 27th February 2013, His first start for the club in the FA Cup, in a 2–0 win against Championship side Middlesbrough.
His European debut came as a Defensive midfielder in the Europa League clash with Rubin Kazan in Russia on 11 April which ended in a 3–2 loss.
Aké has represented the Netherlands at every youth level since his under-15 featuring in a total of 54 matches. He made his international debut in a friendly against Morocco which the Netherlands won 2–1.
Rise to glory
On 19th May 2013, He made his premier league start three days after winning the young player of the season in a 2–1 win against Everton at Stamford Bridge.
On 21st October 2014, Aké made his Champions League debut from the bench, coming into the game for Cesc Fàbregas in the 60th minute during a 6–0 home win over Maribor, and provided an assist for Eden Hazard's second goal.
Although he only made one league appearance for Chelsea in the whole season Jose Mourinho announced that he would still get the Premier League winners medal.
On 14th August 2015, Aké completed a season-long loan move to newly promoted Premier League team Watford.
On 20th December, He scored his first senior goal in the fourth minute opening a 3–0 win over Liverpool.
His performance and work ethic earned him the Watford's Young Player of the Season award.
On 29th June 2016, Aké joined Bournemouth on loan for the 2016–17 campaign. On 19th November 2016, Aké scored his first goal for Bournemouth in a 1–0 away victory over Stoke City in his first ever league match in the Cherries colors.
On 30th June 2017, he signed a contract with Premier League club Bournemouth, on a permanent basis, for a club record fee of £20 million.
On 21st July 2017, it was reported that his former club, Chelsea, had inserted a buy-back clause for Aké.
Aké was promoted from the Chelsea youth setup to Chelsea in the summer of 2012. Championship side Reading signed him on loan and made 5 appearances for the club. Then the newly promoted side Watford on 14th August 2015. He played a total of 24 matches and scored a goal for the club.
Then Bournemouth signed him for the 2016-17 season on loan where he found the net thrice in 12 appearances followed by a club record fee paid by them to sign him on a permanent deal.