Chelsea are reported to be interested in resigning Nathan Ake with Frank Lampard heaping praise on the defender ahead of their clash against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Ake graduated from the Chelsea academy while Lampard was still in his playing days at Stamford Bridge but was shipped out on loan to Watford and Bournemouth before making his move to the Cherries permanent.
Chelsea are having defensive challenges despite the emergence of Fikayo Tomori with the side conceding 24 goals which is the most for clubs in the top six.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of their clash against Bournemouth, Lampard was asked whether Ake has a release clause in his contract, "I don’t know how clever it is.
"It is what it is. I think Nathan came through here and when he has gone to Bournemouth to be able to play regular football, I think he has done fantastically well.
"He has shown himself as a really good defender in the Premier League. In terms of the back four and with the defense I have I am very happy.
"Again, it won’t be anything I consider until I feel otherwise and at the minute we can do no business. ‘We have to worry about Bournemouth tomorrow, Tottenham next Sunday, Southampton, Arsenal and Brighton. Then the window opens."