Ake joins Watford on loan after signing five-year Chelsea deal

Nathan Ake has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea and has joined Watford on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old Dutchman, who can play in defence or midfield, has made 12 first-team appearances for Chelsea and is regarded as one of the club’s brightest prospects.

He ended last season on loan at Championship side Reading and several second-tier clubs wanted to take him on loan this term, but Chelsea were keen for him to gain Premier League experience.

Ake, a Netherlands Under-21 international, was snapped up by the Blues in 2011 and made his senior debut on Boxing Day 2012 when he came on as a substitute against Norwich City.

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