Yesterday, Chelsea confirmed on their official website that young defender Nathan Ake had been recalled from his loan spell at Bournemouth…

The young Dutch defender had impressed in recent weeks, but nobody was expecting Antonio Conte to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea fans have surely become used to young stars being sent out on loan only to be replaced by big money foreign signings – but it would appear as though Antonio Conte is not going to fall into that mould.

Chelsea’s need for defensive depth is clear, and Ake, with his versatility and defensive strength, could be a perfect fit – and it would appear as though Antonio Conte has big plans for his defence next season.

The Blues’ back line has done well this year, but it seems as though the future is a priority for Conte – so could we see some pretty drastic changes to the Chelsea defence in 2017?

With that said, could this be the new-look Chelsea defence in 2017?