Frank Lampard was advised by one of the scouts that Chelsea must re-sign Nathan Ake.
The Dutchman came through Chelsea’s youth positions, but was marketed to Bournemouth at 2017 after failing to nail down a position in the senior group.
Chelsea have been linked with registering Ake because his departure and team scout Piet de Visser thinks it was an error to allow Ake quit, telling De Volkskrant:’Ake must have played Chelsea by now. He is so great.
‘How often does he not score with his mind? He’s insight and timing. I expect they buy back him.
‘That boy is perfect for them and he has played with Lampard.’
Ake spent five years at Chelsea, but has flourished under the guidance of Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.
The 24-year-old made his 100th appearance for Bournemouth last weekend. Using a move ban set at Chelsea, Lampard has depended upon his academy celebrities to measure up.
Youngsters Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have been Chelsea’s three best performers, although the change in ethos came too late for Ake.
Before Ake left, no academy star had managed to become a starter at Chelsea since John Terry.