Chelsea starlet Marco van Ginkel may be edging ever closer to a move to Serie A side AC Milan, but Jose Mourinho has other plans for his young midfielder.
According to Portuguese sources The Special One is keen to see Van Ginkel shipped out to Benfica ahead of his Italian suitors, as they can promise Champions League football which will perhaps aid his development more in the long run.
It’s been well documented that the Dutch midfielder is going to struggle with regards to first-team opportunities this term, such are the extensive wealth of options at Mourinho’s disposal, and the Blues boss is believed to have told him this in no uncertain terms.
The knock-on effect of such talks now means that Van Ginkel is set to depart Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan, though where he will be playing his football remains a subject of much speculation.
Recent reports suggest that Milan have seized the initiative in the raid, with the Rossoneri keen to quickly improve their underperforming squad before the transfer window slams shut. Van Ginkel, though bereft of chances to prove his worth at Chelsea thus far, has talent in abundance, and Filippo Inzaghi can offer him plenty of minutes on the pitch.
Milan’s chief, Adriano Galliani, has already confirmed that a move for Van Ginkel is a possibility, as well as playing up the chances of taking Fernando Torres on board for the season at the same time. However Mourinho is thought to have other ideas, and they don’t run in tandem with Galliani’s plans.
Though certainly not against the idea of Van Ginkel moving to the San Siro, it’s thought that Mourinho is keen to send his promising playmaker to Benfica instead, where he’ll be given the chance to play in Europe’s premier competition. With getting top level experience under his belt a top priority the 21-year-old may well share his coach’s view, and flexibility concerning his next destination isn’t a major issue.
Van Ginkel’s development
For what will matter most to Van Ginkel is getting his name on the teamsheet at a high-profile club week in, week out. Since his move to Chelsea in 2013 he’s only managed two Premier League appearances, and fears that he could follow the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin de Bruyne out the exit door have hardly been allayed.
Yet Mourinho clearly believes the former Vitesse star has a future in west London, otherwise he would have been a part of this summer’s outgoing crop. Whether or not the situation is the same this time next year remains to be seen.