Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake has refused to rule out a move to fellow Premier League sides Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United.

Reports circulated towards the end of last week to suggest that both outfits were looking to take the former Chelsea youngster in January, and when given the chance to deny the link, the Netherlands international did nothing to shut down the rumours.

Ake is enjoying a really good start to the season at the Vitality Stadium, both on a personal level, and in a team which is thriving and beginning to really flourish under Eddie Howe.

His performances at the heart of the Cherries defence have been the catalyst for Bournemouth’s form this term, and it has caught the eye of the bigger Premier League duo.

Tottenham are preparing to lose Toby Alderweireld either in January or at the end of the season as his contract dispute continues to run, while Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has made absolutely no secret of his desire to sign a central defender.

He wanted reinforcements in that area in the summer but did not get backed to get one, but the way the Red Devils have begun the campaign defensively, you get the feeling he will be given permission to make an addition in January.

Ake is currently away on international duty, and came on for the Netherlands in their 3-0 win against Germany on Saturday evening. After that he was given the chance to react to the rumours over his future.

“They are rumours,” he told Voetbal International.

“I am at Bournemouth and I play at the club. Everything goes well and my focus is on that.

“Of course Tottenham and Manchester United are big clubs in England, but again, I have heard nothing myself.

“We will see.”

That could be bad news for Bournemouth, who will look to continue their promising beginning to the season when they host Southampton on Saturday, when the Premier League returns from the international break.

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