Nathan Ake has reiterated that Wednesday’s quarterfinal League Cup against Chelsea will not be a platform for him to prove himself against his former employers.
The clash between the two sides will be his first return to Stamford Bridge since completing his £20m move to Bournemouth.
The Belgian defender had spent last season’s first leg at Bournemouth before being recalled by manager Antonio Conte in January. He was however not in Conte’s plans for this season and hence became the Cherries’ club-record signing.
Going back to Stamford Bridge, Ake feels that he has nothing to prove there and only wants Bournemouth to proceed to the semifinals of the competition.
“I had a good time there so it will be good to be back,” he told The Sun.
“But I’m not going there to prove myself or anything like that.
“It’s just a game, a big game for us. We want to go to the semi-final and that’s what I want to think about, not about other things.”
“It will be difficult as Chelsea are not a small club. But to get to the semi-final would be really big for Bournemouth,” he added.