Chelsea have recalled Dutch defender Nathan Aké from his loan spell at Bournemouth, the Premier League leaders announced on Sunday.
Youngster has shone at Cherries
Aké joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan in June and has been in impressive form, scoring three goals as Eddie Howe's side have climbed to ninth in the English top flight.
Aké: "I really loved my time at the club"
"I want to say thank you to all the fans at AFC Bournemouth, I really loved my time at the club and I have learned a lot here," Aké said on his Instagram profile.
"I also want to say thank you to the manager, staff and players for all the support and I wish them the best for the rest of the season."
The 21-year-old, who can also play in midfield, joined Chelsea from Feyenoord in 2011 and has previously spent time on loan at Reading and Watford.