Nathan Ake joins Reading on loan until the end of the season

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Promising Chelsea centre half Nathan Ake has joined former Blues assistant Steve Clarke at Reading on loan for a month, according to BBC Sport.

Ake, 20, has been in and around the first-team squad all season and is clearly being groomed by Jose Mourinho as his new centre-half in years to come. Ake has already captained the Dutch under 21s squad and has featured for Chelsea four times this season. He's clearly held in high regard, as he put pen to paper on a new five year contract this season.

Clarke very pleased

Former Chelsea assistant Clarke is incredibly pleased with the acquisition he has made and is grateful towards his ex-club for allowing Ake to leave on loan to join his Reading side. Ake will be hoping that he can put in several strong performances so he can push for the Chelsea first-team next season.

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Clarke stated: "I'm delighted to add a player of Nathan's quality to our first team squad at this important time of the season.

"He has been a fixture in Chelsea's first team squad this season and we are grateful that Chelsea have allowed him to join us here at Reading to get some competitive minutes on the pitch.

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"He is a very talented player who I have been aware of for some time and I look forward to working with Nathan in the coming weeks."

Royals aim

The Royals will be hoping that Ake can come in and stop teams imposing themselves on Reading as the possibility of relegation is still alive. Clarke's men sit dangerously close to the bottom of the Championship table, and are looking to finish the season strongly.

Ake will have to wait for his debut due to the international break, as it affects the Championship. He'll also no doubt be frustrated that he cannot face Chelsea's north London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final next month, due to the fact he has played in the competition this season for his parent club.

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