Marco van Ginkel is determined to make a first-team breakthrough at Chelsea next season, according to the AC Milan loanee's agent Karl Jansen, who confirmed that playing at Stamford Bridge remains his client's ultimate goal.
The 22-year-old midfielder is coming to the end of his season-long spell at the San Siro, which hasn't exactly gone to plan after struggling to maintain his fitness and form since moving to Italy on a temporary deal last summer.
Van Ginkel has made just ten appearances for Pippo Inzaghi's side in 2014/15, but is starting to produce some more encouraging performances after being afforded a more regular run of games in recent weeks.
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That recent upturn in form has prompted reports in the Italian media that the Holland international could in fact remain in Milan for another season, something that Jansen refused to rule out entirely as competition for places in Jose Mourinho's team is even more fierce.
However, he did reiterate Van Ginkel's desire to return to west London one day and prove he has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League with the Blues, before suggesting that a decision would be taken on the player's short-term future before the end of the campaign.
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"If he stays at Milan? Everything is still possible, there is nothing to exclude: it is early and we need to see what would happen in the event of a change of ownership at Milan," Jansen was quoted by Tuttomercatoweb from an interview with voetbalprimeur.nl.
"In addition you have to deal with Chelsea and see what he wants to do. For Marco, Chelsea is still the goal. We hope to conclude everything well before the end of the transfer window."
Mourinho is understood to be an admirer of Van Ginkel, but will be well aware that regular action could be difficult to come by at Chelsea next season as the Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have established a brilliant partnership in the middle of the park this term.
Since joining the club from Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnheim in 2013 the Dutchman has managed just four senior appearances for the Blues, but that is partly due to the serious anterior cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered soon after making inroads in the first-team.
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Van Ginkel's actually done very well to recover from that season-ending setback two years ago, although recurring ankle problems continued to play havoc with his health at the start of this season.
However, fitness permitting there's still a chance that the midfielder could make the grade at Chelsea, particularly given his unwavering ambition to make a success of the opportunity he's been given by Mourinho.
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