The Dutch international enjoyed a great spell with Bournemouth on loan for the first portion of the 2016/17 season – but was recalled by the Blues in January.
However, after being called back to Stamford Bridge by Antonio Conte, the 22-year-old struggled to break in to the first team and spent most of his time back at Chelsea on the bench.
Having now re-joined Bournemouth on a permanent basis earlier this month, Ake has explained his decision to leave the Blues.
Conte recently claimed that he feels the club’s younger players become impatient – with the likes of Ake, Nathaniel Chalobah and Dominic Solanke all leaving Stamford Bridge in just this transfer window.
However, the defender has told the London Evening Standard that having a chance at playing much more minutes with Bournemouth heavily influenced his decision.
“The decision to come here was to be able to play more games which is important for me and that is why I came here. There are no guarantees that I will play coming here but if I train hard and play well then I will have a chance.
“It is a short career, I’m 22 now and I feel like I have had a good experience playing games and you just want to continue doing that.
“I understand what [Conte] said but I think we also know that Chelsea is a big club and for myself it was going to be difficult to come in and play straight away.”