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Nathan Ake to miss Chelsea's pre-season tour

Chelsea starlet Nathan Ake will miss out on an early chance to impress Jose Mourinho.

International success as a footballer should be a good thing, but unfortunate scheduling has created a headache for Chelsea starlet Nathan Ake.

Ake was part of Holland's under-19 side which finished top of their qualification group earlier this week, landing a spot at the European Championships in the age group.

The finals will take place in Lithuania in July, meaning Ake stands to miss the majority of Chelsea's pre-season.

Specifically, they will be held between July 20 and August 1, with preparation time required beforehand for the squad to get together and plan for the tournament.

Chelsea's pre-season plans include an Asian tour of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, with games on July 17, 21, and 25. There is also a trip to America to face Inter Milan on August 2 which he is likely to miss out on.

The international experience is a prestigious one, as his Chelsea teammate Fernando Torres will attest to, who won the Golden Ball for best player at the competition a decade ago.

But it is also a setback for Ake, who had just begun to break through into the Chelsea set up last season.

Overseas tours are a great chance for young players to integrate further with the senior squad and get time on the pitch, with teenager Ruben Loftus-Cheek getting starting opportunities on the post-season tour of the US.

Chelsea are involved in the new 'Champions Cup' which will be held in the US between August 4-7, with Milan, Valencia, and even Mourinho's former club Real Madrid potential opponents.

There is a possibility that Ake could fly directly to join up with the squad and get his opportunity then, but clearly he will be joining the party as it is coming to a close and the season's beginning nears.

It isn't all negative though, for Jose Mourinho will be mightily impressed if Ake turns up with a European under-19 Champions medal around his neck.

That must be his focus now, as it really will be the best way for him to get himself noticed upon his return.

How often will Ake be involved for Chelsea next season? Will he be squeezed out?

image: © Jason Bagley

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