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Bournemouth defender Ake stands by Chelsea move: I owe them for Holland call

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake says any young Dutch player needs to make his own decision when Premier League clubs come calling.

Ake left Feyenoord as a teenager for Chelsea before making his way to Bournemouth.

"Everyone has to make their own choice. It is something very personal," Ake told De Telegraaf. "One is ready to leave the Netherlands at the age of eighteen, the other is not. You cannot determine something like that from the outside.

"As a player, you have to listen to yourself and follow your feelings. It worked out well for me, but that does not offer any guarantee for another.

"I have always been self-reliant from an early age. That helps. It will be difficult if you choose London and you miss your parents, your friends or just the Netherlands."

Aké does not regret that he left the youth academy of Feyenoord at a very young age.

"I do not regret my choice at the time and I wonder if I would be with Oranje at that moment without Chelsea. Of course there was criticism of my departure. It has not all been great on the way, because you can struggle and you have to deal mentally with that. On your own."

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