Nathan Ake: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe responds to Tottenham and Man Utd transfer rumours | Football | Sport
The Bournemouth star has been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham in recent weeks after a series of good performances on the south coast.
Ake joined the Cherries from Bournemouth and they reportedly have a buy-back clause.
Ake moved for around £18m but has now been valued at around £40m as the big boys take notice of his form.
But Howe insists he will not be put off by the talk and doesn’t expect to lose him any time soon.
“I think that’s a compliment to Nathan and how he’s played since he signed for us permanently,” Howe told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Ake, 23, has seven caps for Holland after breaking into the team last year.
He has played every minute of the season for Bournemouth so far and will start against Southampton this weekend.
The south coast rivalry has been growing between the two clubs in recent years and Howe thinks it could get even bigger.
Howe said: “The only thing that motivates me is to try and win, regardless of who we play against, it could be a training game. Whatever it is it’s about winning and the longer term picture will take care of itself.
“I definitely think it [the rivalry] has grown from the point a few years ago, we hadn’t been at this level before and naturally I don’t think that rivalry was there… it has the scope to get bigger.”