Nathan Ake: Should Chelsea let him leave on loan?

What should Chelsea do with Nathan Ake next season?

Ake burst onto the scene under Rafael Benitez last season making appearances in the FA Cup, Europa League and the Premier League for the London giants.

The player will have a desire to play regular football because of that taste he was given at the club last season, and that will compel him to think seriously about any loan deal which is put on the table.

Chelsea run the risk of getting to the end of the season and finding themselves in a similar position to what happened with Thibaut Courtois and Kevin De Bruyne; players who don’t necessarily want to come back.

Any Chelsea fans who are very keen on Ake getting a better chance in the first team should look to the example of Raphael Varane at Real Madrid last season as hope that the 18-year-old won’t be allowed to leave.

Mourinho gave Varane a chance with the Spanish club despite the significant and much higher levels of pressure that the young Frenchman would have been subjected to in Spain.

That suggests that if Ake is good enough, and there is evidence and plenty of belief around West London that he is, then Mourinho won’t be afraid to throw him in at the deep end with a regular run of games.

However, for someone so young Mourinho has to be realistic and the club have to do what’s best for his future and his immediate development.

A loan move allows Ake to play regularly, with another Premier League club a possibility similar to the recent success of Romelu Lukaku at West Brom.

There are pro's and con's, and Ake will miss much of pre-season with his involvement with Holland's under-19 side at the European Championships in July.

This could delay any decision as it means Mourinho will only get a chance to get a look at him first hand later on that he would have liked, but it could in turn enhance a loan move as by that time the manager may have begun planning without him.

Ake is a player who has a big future at Chelsea, the question is just whether he has one in 2013/14 or if he will have to wait and prove himself elsewhere first.

What do you think? Should Ake be loaned out?

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