Nathan Ake claims that working under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea left him feeling broken


Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea in the summer of 2013 felt like a homecoming for The Special One. 

But his second stint at Stamford Bridge, which lasted until December 2015, wasn't quite as successful as his first. 

The Blues did win another Premier League title during Jose's second spell, but he was sacked less than seven months later after losing 9 out of 16 league matches at the start of the 2015/16 season. 

Sounds familiar, doesn't it? Mourinho, of course, went on to manage Machester United but was dismissed by them in similar circumstances almost exactly three years later.

At both clubs, he was criticised for making a number of mistakes. Most notably, for how he dealt with young talent. 

Recently, we've seen Marcus Rashford become Man United's number one striker under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even though under Mourinho, he was struggling to make an impact. 

Many have put that down to the management style that the Portuguese coach uses and Rashford certainly isn't the first player he's been accused of damaging. 

It happened at Chelsea too, most notably, to Nathan Ake. 

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The Dutch defender moved to Stamford Bridge in 2011 as a 16-year-old prospect. 

Less than a year later, he made his Premier League debut at 17, while Rafa Benitez was in charge.

Ake went on to make six appearances that season and was named Chelsea's Young Player of the Year. But when Mourinho returned the following season, he played just once for the first team.

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The youngster was swifty dropped back to the reserves after the coach's arrival and after that, never fulfilled his potential at Chelsea. 

After a number of loan moves, Ake has since moved on to Bournemouth, signing for the club on a permanent deal. And he's recently opened up about how everything changed under Mourinho.

"I went to the first team at Chelsea and played under Rafa Benitez and I always thought, 'why is everyone saying setbacks are coming because everything is going up, up, up?'" Ake told The Telegraph.  

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"The season after Benitez left I thought, 'this is going to be my season'."

But it wasn't to be and Ake explains that working under The Special One left him feeling 'broken'. 

"Then Jose Mourinho came and, without training, I got dropped into the second team. That was one of the toughest things for me, mentally. I was quite broken," he continued.

"Everything was going great, I played a few games, I was Young Player of the Year and then I was in the reserves again."

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It's sad to hear how tough it was for Ake at Chelsea, especially as he was tipped to become the next big thing.

But now he's playing regularly at Bournemouth, he'll be hoping to prove a point to those who have doubted him during his early career.  

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