English Premiership

Howe denies Spurs contact for Nathan Ake

Nathan Ake (Supplied)
Nathan Ake (Supplied)

Cape Town - Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists they have heard nothing from Tottenham regarding an apparent approach for promising defender Nathan Ake.

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The Netherlands international has reportedly attracted admiring glances from Spurs after enjoying a fine 2017/18 campaign at the Vitality Stadium.

Ake featured in all 38 Premier League games for the Cherries last term and his impressive form led to a clean sweep of the club's end-of-season awards.

Howe has praised the 23-year-old for his consistent performances and says it's only natural for him to be linked with bigger teams, but was quick to play down talk of a potential return to the capital for the former Chelsea youngster.

"I think that's a compliment to Nathan and how he's played since he signed for us permanently," Howe told Sky Sports about the rumours.

"He's been a model of consistency. He picked up all the player awards that he did at the end of last season and he's carried that form into this [season].

"With any type of speculation that you are linked with, the clubs he's been mentioned with, it's a good sign. However, that doesn't mean we're about to lose him. He's a massive part of what we're doing.

"[There has been] nothing from our side, where it comes from I don't know. It's inevitable [to be linked] when the team is doing well people will naturally highlight our players, potential players who can go on and play at a higher level.

"I look at it as a compliment to the team. It certainly won't disrupt Nathan, knowing how level-headed he is. For him he's such a good personality it won't affect him in any way."