Ake has been linked with Tottenham and Manchester United.
But Howe said, “That is a compliment to Nathan and how he has played since signing for us permanently.
“He has been the model of consistency and picked up all our awards at the end of last season. He has carried that form into the start of this season.
“With any kind of speculation when you are linked with the type of clubs he has been mentioned, that is a good sign.
“That doesn't mean we are about to lose him – he is a massive part of what we are doing.
“It is inevitable that when the team is doing well people will highlight our players. I look at it as a compliment for the team but it certainly won't disrupt Nathan, knowing how level headed he is."