Lampard told £40 million Chelsea target ‘has the quality’ for big move ahead of possible Stamford Bridge move

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk believes Chelsea target and international teammate Nathan Ake “has the quality” to play at the highest level.

There was a lot of transfer speculation during the January transfer window involving Chelsea after it was revealed that they would be able to sign players and improve the squad, but despite all the speculation and despite all the rumours, Frank Lampard was not able to sign any players.

But that has not stopped speculation in the media about possible signings at THE END OF THE SEASON, and one player that has been heavily linked with a move BACK to Stamford Bridge, is that of Ake, who has emerged as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and one of the best young defenders in Europe right now.

Lampard knows that he needs to solve his defensive issues at Stamford Bridge if he is to get this side back challenging for that Premier League title, and Ake, has proven himself enough in the Premier League to warrant a move back to the Bridge, or even a move to one of the English games biggest and best clubs.

And Van Dijk has opened up and admitted that he believes Ake has the quality to play at the highest level, he told the Daily Echo: “First of all, he’s a fantastic guy.

“I speak with him quite a bit at the national team and I think he’s a fantastic player as well.

“On Saturday he showed with clearances and I think he stepped up when he had the armband as well. It’s just good to see that he’s improving.

“I don’t know what might happen with him in the future with Bournemouth, you just have to stay grounded – but I am not worried about that at all.

“He has the quality but he has to have more than just the quality these days. But he’s still young, he’s improving and you never know what decision might happen.

“It’s all dependent on how the season will end for Bournemouth, too – but I am very positive about him. He’s a fantastic guy and player as well.”

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