Chelsea recalled Nathan Ake in January
The Dutch defender has played just two cup games for Chelsea since, but Howe has no hard feelings towards the Premier League leaders.
The Bournemouth boss, who faces Chelsea later today (5.30pm) admits he was disappointed to lose the 22-year-old.
Nathan Ake was key for Bournemouth during the first half of the season
Howe said: “The first thing I would say is that we are very thankful to Chelsea for loaning him to us in the first place.
“I think there has to be that element of trust that we are going to look after one of their brightest prospects, so we are very appreciative of the loan.
“We were of course disappointed to lose him because he was an integral part of our team but that's Chelsea's right.
Eddie Howe disappointed to lose Nathan Ake
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“He's their player. They could recall him and I've got no problem with it.
“It impacted on us at that time and we've missed him, not just on the pitch but off the pitch because he's a great lad and he fitted so well into our team.
“They did what they felt was right for him and for their club, so I've got no problem with it."