Howe says Ake transfer talk is just speculation

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has said that the transfer talk for Nathan Ake is just speculation.

“We love working with him and we think he has got outstanding attributes. He’s getting better and better in his position,” Howe said of Ake ahead of Wednesday’s game at home to Chelsea. “The speculation, as it has been all January for us, has been purely that, as with all our players. We’ve had no contact from any other club, so it’s business as usual.”

The former Chelsea youth academy product has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge. Speaking about the possibility of signing Drinkwater, Howe remained tight-lipped.

“From my perspective, we hope the majority of our business is done, if not all of it, but there’s one game to go [before the transfer window closes],” Howe added when asked about Drinkwater. But you can’t say with any certainty what will happen. We are very happy with the business we have done during this window but I have learnt not to give clear-cut answers in this situation as you may have to act in the last few hours. We hope our business is finished.”

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