Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake says his year-long loan spell at Watford will prove valuable in his attempts to break into the first-team set-up at Stamford Bridge.
Having made 28 appearances for the Hornets, the 21-year-old has been a key part of the club's efforts to secure another season of Premier League football at Vicarage Road, although the youngster has already made it clear that he wants to try and make an impression in West London, in comments made to The Mail.
But the left-back insists he is hugely appreciative for his time in Hertfordshire, thanking supporters with a lap of appreciation after the 2-2 draw with Sunderland on the last day of the season.
The fans have seemingly left a lasting impression on the youngster, who told the club's official website: “It was really great, they’ve been here through the good and bad times but it’s always full here, and it was good to be able to thank the fans.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here, it’s been a great experience."
Ake returns to a Chelsea side in transition, with Antonio Conte set to take the helm before the beginning of next season.
And Ake is convinced that his time at the Hornets has provided him with a strong foundation on which to state his case for a place in the first team.
“I’ve made mistakes, but I’ve also done good things, and I will take everything on board for next year and try to improve," he added.
“I want to say thanks to everyone who gave me the chance to prove myself here.”