Ajax's sporting director Marc Overmars has voiced his concerns over Marco van Ginkel's proposed move to Chelsea, claiming that it could hamper the Dutch starlet's progress.
Overmars, who featured for Arsenal and Ajax during an illustrious playing career, has publicly courted the Dutch international and still feels that the player would benefit from staying within the Eredivisie.
He told BBC Sport: "Van Ginkel is a great young talent and we would have liked him to come to Ajax.
"Whether it is too early for him to go to Chelsea or not I don't know. With us, he would have played a lot of games and played in the Champions League."
Overmars also confirmed that he was resigned to losing last season's recipient of the Dutch Talent of the Year Award, stating: "We couldn't have a discussion with the player as Chelsea have a co-operation agreement with Vitesse and were first choice."
The agreement between Chelsea and Vitesse has seen youngsters Tamas Kalas, Patrick Van Aanholt and Gael Kakuta loaned from the Europa League Champions to the Dutch side.
He went on to wish the player success at his new club: "The important thing for the player is that he gets minutes in the first team. Hopefully the deal goes well and he will get into the team."
Van Ginkel will certainly not be short of competition for a starting spot in Chelsea's midfield, with an abundance of international superstars to usurp to claim a place in the first team.
Frank Lampard, Ramires, Oriol Romeu and Michael Essien are among those blocking his path in the deeper role, while Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar and fellow new signing Andre Schurlle (to name but a few) will be fighting the youngster for a place in a more advanced role.
Van Ginkel will have a very difficult task breaking into Chelsea's starting 11 when you factor in the return of last season's loan stars Nathaniel Chalobah and Josh McEachran.
Overmars' fears, therefore, may well be vindicated.
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