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Ake keen to fight for Chelsea place rather than be loaned out

The Blues' highly rated young Dutchman wants to stay and battle for more first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge and sees his long-term future as playing in midfield

Chelsea starlet Nathan Ake is targeting further first-team action with the Blues next season rather than a loan move away.

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The 18-year-old Dutch defender, who joined the London club from Feyenoord in 2011, made his Premier League debut on Boxing Day when he replaced Juan Mata in the closing stages of a 1-0 win at Norwich City, the first of six appearances for the senior side this season.

Ake told Goal of his ambitions for 2013-14: "Hopefully I can do the same as this year, be involved with the first team and training with them a lot and hopefully get more games.

"I got six games this season for the first team, so that's a good start. Hopefully next season I can get more."

Although he could tread a familiar path and go out on loan to gain more experience, the youngster made it clear that it would not be his preferred option. Asked whether any clubs have made a bid for his services on loan, Ake replied: "Not that I know; maybe they asked for me from Chelsea but I haven't heard anything.

"Actually I prefer to stay at Chelsea," he added. "This way I think you learn the most because you're playing with such big players, if you're playing. The other option is to go on loan but we have to see about that."

The Dutchman revealed that spending time with the first team has allowed him to learn from veteran stars like Frank Lampard and John Terry. "A lot, actually," he added, "also David Luiz and Paulo Ferreira – they talk to you about football but also about normal life, like how to live a normal life outside of football. And in football, what to improve, what to do better, and things like that. So they help you a lot.

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"From Paulo [I've learned that it's important] to stay the same," Ake went on. "After the Rubin Kazan game a lot of people came to me and said a lot of things so to stay the same and be the same normal person - that's an important thing to learn.

"And inside football, to work hard to improve every day in training. I think that's the most important thing to learn from them."

The versatile youngster has played as a central defender but can also operate at left-back or in a holding midfield role - and it is this position where he sees his long-term future. "I think it's good to be able to play more positions because the manager can put you in more positions," he explained.

"I think my position, when I'm older, is going to be midfielder, because of my height [5ft 11n] as well. I used to play centre-back but in England everyone is big, so my height is a little bit of a problem for defence, maybe."

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