On loan Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel has revealed that there no plans in place to see him imminently return to Chelsea, despite the fact that his agent issued a series of confusing statements last week.
The Blues’ youngster’s chief representative, Karel Jansen, originally complained that he and his client had been lured to the San Siro under false pretences, with Van Ginkel having had only half an hour of first-team football since opting to join the Italian giants until the end of the season.
Then a statement was issued which directly rejected the idea that the 21-year-old was discontented in Italy, with Jansen claiming that he was happy to remain there and fight for his first-team place.
Van Ginkel confirmation
Now, Van Ginkel himself has weighed in on the matter, and has - somewhat predictably - chosen to rubbish speculation that he’s not enjoying himself under Filippo Inzaghi.
"We have a few days to train ahead of the derby, it's an important game and although it's very difficult, we want to win.
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"I can play anywhere in midfield, the position is not that important to me.
"I'm fine, I'm training and I'm ready to play. I like the city, there are many good restaurants and I'm getting along very well.
"I'm fine, I'm training and I'm ready to play. I like the city, there are many good restaurants and I'm getting along very well"
"It's always difficult to make promises. We want to have a great season, better than last year, and return to Europe. We have to continue on our way, starting with the match next week against Inter."
Of course it could be argued that Van Ginkel has no option but to stay at the San Siro anyway, given the fact that first-team berths in Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea squad are so hard to come by.
Competition at Chelsea
The attacking triumvirate of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian doesn’t look like being broken up by anyone, especially not by a player who has yet to prove himself at the highest level.
There’s the prospect of him being loaned out to another club to consider - an idea which Mourinho is said to be in favour of given the fact that Van Ginkel’s development isn’t going as well as he thought it might at Milan - but copping out and having to go to a lesser outfit will be the last thing on the player’s mind if he’s wanting to impress the powers that be at his parent club.
Chance for Van Ginkel?
Given Milan’s recent slump in form - they’ve won one of their last five matches in all competitions - it could be that Van Ginkel is given his chance to work his way into the squad sooner rather than later.
If he gets the opportunity to impress in the upcoming derby against Inter, and subsequently obliges, then it would show a great deal of maturity on his part, and that’s a trait Mourinho will be watching out for.