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Ake makes Watford move

Chelsea's Nathan Ake has signed a new five-year contract but will spend the season on loan at Watford, the Blues have announced.

Ake, who can play in either midfield or defence, is Watford's 11th signing of the summer.

The 20-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge in July 2011 and lifted the FA Youth Cup in his first season, before winning the club's Young Player of the Year award for 2012-13.

First-team appearances have, however, proven few and far between for the Dutchman, who has featured just 12 times for Chelsea, including a substitute appearance against Watford in the FA Cup in January.

Ake spent a month on loan at Reading in March and played five times for the Royals in the Championship.

Watford have already added 10 players in this transfer window and are close to signing former West Ham forward Alessandro Diamanti, who has been training with the club.

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