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