Nathan Aké

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Nathan Aké
Nathan Ake 2013.jpg
Aké playing for Chelsea in 2013
Personal information
Full name Nathan Benjamin Aké[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth The Hague, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 6
Youth career
ADO Den Haag
2007–2011 Feyenoord
2011–2012 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Chelsea 4 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Netherlands U15 5 (0)
2010–2011 Netherlands U16 6 (3)
2011–2012 Netherlands U17 25 (3)
2012–2013 Netherlands U19 8 (3)
2013– Netherlands U21 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:57, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Nathan Benjamin Aké (born 18 February 1995) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for Chelsea and the Netherlands under-21 team. He is a versatile player and can be deployed as a central defender, a holding midfielder, or as a left back.

Club career[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Aké joined the Chelsea youth system from Feyenoord in 2011,[3] where he played since the age of 12 after joining the club from ADO Den Haag.[4]

2012–13[edit]

Aké made his Premier League début on 26 December 2012 against Norwich City as a 17 year old, replacing Juan Mata in the final stages.[5] He made his first start for the club in the FA Cup on 27 February 2013, in a 2–0 win against Championship side Middlesbrough.[6] He was chosen to start in a defensive midfield position for Chelsea in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final clash with Rubin Kazan in Russia on 11 April, a match that finished in a 3-2 loss for Chelsea but resulted in a 5-4 aggregate victory.[7] He made his second European appearance for the club on 2 May, replacing David Luiz in the 3-1 second-leg defeat of Basel, securing Chelsea a spot in the Europa League final.[8] Aké was an unused substitute for Chelsea in the Europa League final against Benfica in Amsterdam on 16 May, which Chelsea won 2-1 on the night.[9] He was voted[10] Chelsea's Young Player of the Year on 16 May 2013. He made his first Premier League start for Chelsea on 19 May 2013 in the 2-1 win against Everton and played the whole match on the last day of the season at Stamford Bridge.

On 8 August 2013, Aké signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea which keeps him at the club until 2018.[11]

International career[edit]

Nathan has represented Netherlands at U17 and U19 level. He has captained both sides, earning praise for his performances in midfield for the U17s. Ake was selected into both squads that won the UEFA European under-17 championships in 2011 and 2012 in Serbia and in Slovenia respectively.[12]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 11 May 2014[13]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2012–13 Premier League 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 6 0
2013–14 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 7 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Chelsea

International[edit]

Netherlands

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clubs submit retained and released lists". Premier League. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Nathan Aké". Premier League. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Player profile: Nathan Ake, Chelsea, defender". ITV Sport. 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nathan Aké, oud Wilhelmus Jeugd speler, definitief naar Chelsea FC" (in Dutch). V.V. Wilhelmus. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Phillips, Owen. "Norwich 0-1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Middlesbrough 0-2 Chelsea" BBC Sport. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Chelsea struggle to finish off Rubin Kazan but reach semi-finals". The Guardian. 11 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chelsea secured their place in the Europa League final against Benfica with an ultimately comfortable win over FC Basel at Stamford Bridge". BBC Sport. 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Benfica 1 Chelsea 2". The Sun. 15 May 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.chelseafc.com/javaImages/94/36/0,,10268~11941524,00.jpg
  11. ^ "New Deal for Aké". Chelsea F.C. 8 Aug 2013. 
  12. ^ "Captain Aké learns from Chelsea stars". UEFA. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Nathan Ake". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 

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