Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been left very disappointed with loan star Marco Van Ginkel's lack of first-team action since joining AC Milan, to the point where he'd prefer the Dutch international to be playing for a Premier League rival during the second half of the season.
Van Ginkel was sent to Serie A along with Fernando Torres in search of regular first-team football at a high level, after a knee ligament injury ruined his first full season as a Chelsea player.
The 21-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge with a reputation as one of Europe's most exciting young central midfielders, but the Dutch international's progress has stalled badly and his first three months in Milan have certainly not helped.
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Milan manager Pippo Inzaghi's decision to leave Van Ginkel on the bench for all but one of Milan's 10 Serie A fixtures so far this season is frankly astonishing, even if the starlet suffered an ankle injury in September that kept him sidelined for a fortnight.
Van Ginkel has been left out in favour of Nigel de Jong and Andrea Poli or even Chelsea legend Michael Essien on occasion, a decision which has prompted the Blues to look into the possibility of bringing the talented youngster back at the first possible opportunity.
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Gazzetta dello Sport believe that both Chelsea and Van Ginkel are fast running out of patience with a lack of playing time and fear his development could be harmed without drastic action.
Milan are already making plans incase Chelsea decide to pull the plug on Van Ginkel's loan, with Liverpool playmaker Suso a long-term target they are confident of finally signing when the transfer window opens.
The Blues will continue Van Ginkel's progress and hope things change before Serie A heads for its annual winter break, but without Inzaghi taking action Mourinho will make every effort to move him back to England sooner in search of the first-team exposure his talents desperately crave.