Dutch defender Nathan Ake who has returned to Chelsea from his loan spell has aimed to fight for first-team role at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old defender massively impressed during his time at Bournemouth and force Italian manager to recall him to his boyhood club.
Ake’s progress has been insane and now Dutchman is ready to fight for starting role at Stamford Bridge Stadium despite reports in British newspapers suggest that Player has been recalled as a back up for David Luiz.
On his loan spell at Dean Court, Ake said: ‘Over the six months I feel I have developed as a player, both on and off the pitch.
‘To start with I wasn’t playing too much, but I dealt with that mentally, kept going and was happy when I got my chance.’
The Netherlands Under-21 international thanked Howe for his time on the south coast and is now ready to prove to Conte that he’s the real deal.
‘I was able to learn a lot from the manager. He spoke to me a lot about how I could improve and I picked up a lot of little ideas and different ways of thinking,’ he added.
‘The ambition now is to continue to improve and break into the team at Chelsea.
‘It’s a great team and the manager there has given me a lot of confidence, so it’s something I’m looking forward to.’