The Netherlands U21 international is currently taking in a season-long loan at Bournemouth and does not know if he figures in Antonio Conte’s plans

Nathan Ake admits it is “still too early to say” what the future holds for him at Chelsea.

The Netherlands U21 international has impressed away from Stamford Bridge of late, taking in loan spells at Watford and Bournemouth.

His efforts with the Cherries this season have drawn plenty of praise, with the versatile 21-year-old showing himself to be a capable Premier League performer.

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It has been suggested that a more prominent role awaits him once he returns to his parent club, with Chelsea currently working with an ageing backline.

Ake, though, is refusing to get ahead of himself, with his focus locked on events at the Vitality Stadium for now.

He told Sky Sports: “It is still a long way away.

“Of course that is the plan to go back to Chelsea but it’s still too early to say.”

Ake, who has been on the books at Chelsea since 2011 but has made just 12 senior appearances to date, admits he is enjoying his time with Bournemouth and is no rush to speculate on what a return to west London holds.

He added: “Everything is local [at Bournemouth]. If you go into town, people, old and young, come up to you and say, ‘Well done’. 

“Everyone seems to be involved at the club, like a family. Everyone is really nice, and everyone does things with each other, and it makes the group really tight.

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“I am happy here. The loan deal is until the end of the season. I don’t look too far ahead. At the end of the season, we will see.

“It is too early to say [if he can make it at Chelsea]. There are still things to improve. Hopefully at the end of the season we will know more.”

Ake has made 12 appearances for Bournemouth in all competitions this season and netted three goals – including a dramatic winner in a thrilling 4-3 victory over title-chasing Liverpool in December.