Nathan Ake: Reading sign Chelsea youngster on loan

Nathan Ake
Ake cannot play in Reading's FA Cup semi-final as he has played in this year's competition for Chelsea

Reading have signed Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake on loan.

The 20-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, has captained the Netherlands up to Under-21s level.

But he has only made four first-team appearances at Chelsea this season despite signing a new five-year contract last term.

Ake's initial loan is for one month but he cannot play in Reading's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal as he has played in this season's competition.

The Royals are nine points above the Championship relegation zone with eight games remaining.

Reading manager Steve Clarke, a former coach at Chelsea under current boss Jose Mourinho, said: "I'm delighted to add a player of Nathan's quality to our first team squad at this important time of the season.

"He has been a fixture in Chelsea's first team squad this season and we are grateful that Chelsea have allowed him to join us here at Reading to get some competitive minutes on the pitch.

"He is a very talented player who I have been aware of for some time and I look forward to working with Nathan in the coming weeks."