Watford tried to sign young Chelsea defender Nathan Ake before opting for Fulham's Matthew Briggs

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Picture: Action Images

First published in Watford FC News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Gianfranco Zola confirmed he did try to return to former club Chelsea to sign young defender Nathan Ake on loan.

Blues Academy manager Neil Bath revealed Ake had a chance to go out on loan to the Hornets but interim manager Rafa Benitez wanted to keep the 18-year-old at Chelsea.

Ake is a Dutch defender who can play at centre half or on the left side and is also comfortable in midfield.

He joined the Blues from Feyenoord two years ago and after a brief cameo on Boxing Day, made his full Chelsea debut against Middlesbrough last month.

Zola said: "He was one consideration we thought about when we were struggling with injuries but then we went for Matthew Briggs."

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11:29am Fri 8 Mar 13

Harrydownunder says...

So what?

We didnt get him.....
So what? We didnt get him..... Harrydownunder
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11:58am Fri 8 Mar 13

AngelHornet says...

Briggs has more experience as well
Briggs has more experience as well AngelHornet
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12:12pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Harry's Bar says...

Diplomatically put Gianfranco.
Diplomatically put Gianfranco. Harry's Bar
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12:34pm Fri 8 Mar 13

ORBY says...

Didn't happen, so we moved on. Onward and upwards.
Didn't happen, so we moved on. Onward and upwards. ORBY
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12:56pm Fri 8 Mar 13

JohnnyHornet says...

Plus, Hollowhead would have had a field day...again.
Plus, Hollowhead would have had a field day...again. JohnnyHornet
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1:18pm Fri 8 Mar 13

SAHornet says...

JohnnyHornet wrote:
Plus, Hollowhead would have had a field day...again.
Why more so than Briggs ?
[quote][p][bold]JohnnyHornet[/bold] wrote: Plus, Hollowhead would have had a field day...again.[/p][/quote]Why more so than Briggs ? SAHornet
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3:32pm Fri 8 Mar 13

jasonwatford says...

What a great idea from Rafa Benitez to keep a young player at chelsea playing in the under 21 league in front of 40-50 people per match. All we would have offered him was maybe to play in front of 12000 to 25000 people under a brilliant manager with a confident team going places. Best to keep him doing nothing i guess.
What a great idea from Rafa Benitez to keep a young player at chelsea playing in the under 21 league in front of 40-50 people per match. All we would have offered him was maybe to play in front of 12000 to 25000 people under a brilliant manager with a confident team going places. Best to keep him doing nothing i guess. jasonwatford
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5:04pm Fri 8 Mar 13

watford1881 says...

jasonwatford wrote:
What a great idea from Rafa Benitez to keep a young player at chelsea playing in the under 21 league in front of 40-50 people per match. All we would have offered him was maybe to play in front of 12000 to 25000 people under a brilliant manager with a confident team going places. Best to keep him doing nothing i guess.
Shows he doesn't care for his young players much..
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: What a great idea from Rafa Benitez to keep a young player at chelsea playing in the under 21 league in front of 40-50 people per match. All we would have offered him was maybe to play in front of 12000 to 25000 people under a brilliant manager with a confident team going places. Best to keep him doing nothing i guess.[/p][/quote]Shows he doesn't care for his young players much.. watford1881
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7:05pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Guy Bov says...

Not really newsworthy. I'm sure there are many other targets we missed out on particularly during the transfer window.
Not really newsworthy. I'm sure there are many other targets we missed out on particularly during the transfer window. Guy Bov
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11:11pm Fri 8 Mar 13

lovestospouge says...

The only reason they would have printed this is if Watford were still trying to sign him up for next season maybe?
The only reason they would have printed this is if Watford were still trying to sign him up for next season maybe? lovestospouge
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11:59pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Paul Gadd says...

jasonwatford wrote:
What a great idea from Rafa Benitez to keep a young player at chelsea playing in the under 21 league in front of 40-50 people per match. All we would have offered him was maybe to play in front of 12000 to 25000 people under a brilliant manager with a confident team going places. Best to keep him doing nothing i guess.
Reminds me of another 'great' footballing mind, Mr Southgate, keeping Adam Johnson on the bench at Boro rather then letting us keep him, and getting us to the PL....not bitter though...
[quote][p][bold]jasonwatford[/bold] wrote: What a great idea from Rafa Benitez to keep a young player at chelsea playing in the under 21 league in front of 40-50 people per match. All we would have offered him was maybe to play in front of 12000 to 25000 people under a brilliant manager with a confident team going places. Best to keep him doing nothing i guess.[/p][/quote]Reminds me of another 'great' footballing mind, Mr Southgate, keeping Adam Johnson on the bench at Boro rather then letting us keep him, and getting us to the PL....not bitter though... Paul Gadd
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