Marco van Ginkel’s agent, Karel Jansen, has confirmed that a scenario wherein the Dutch youngster returns to Chelsea in the January transfer window isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
Over the course of the past week rumours have begun to infer that Jose Mourinho is frustrated with the lack of game-time his loanee is getting at AC Milan, and Jansen has confirmed that things aren’t going the way the player himself thought they would when he signed up to the move in the summer.
Van Ginkel's loan
Following in the footsteps of Fernando Torres, Van Ginkel made a temporary switch to the San Siro in the hope of getting the sort of game-time that would allow him to develop as a player.
Opportunities for him under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge have been few and far between given the competition for places, and the decision to send him out was one endorsed by all parties.
Unhappy at game-time
However an early injury put paid to his hopes of hitting the ground running in Italy, and since his return he’s been afforded little over half an hour on the pitch. Filippo Inzaghi’s side may have been far more impressive than the team which limped to a terrible finish last term, but Van Ginkel hasn’t been a part of it, and he and his agent are far from happy if quotes in the Daily Express are to be believed.
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"The build-up in the beginning at Milan was good. Marco began the season on the bench and it was expected as he was getting used to a new club and country," Jansen revealed.
"But even after he recovered from the injury he has had very little time on the pitch. We were not happy about it and it went against all logic.
"But even after he recovered from the injury he has had very little time on the pitch. We were not happy about it and it went against all logic"
"We made it clear that this was not intention when he joined on loan. Marco did not have to go to Italy and do nothing.
"Look, if he wasn't very good, this treatment was understandable but a fit Van Ginkel would walk into the Milan side.
"Chelsea have not pulled the plug but they might if the current situation continues."
"Chelsea have not pulled the plug but they might if the current situation continues"
If it transpires that the 21-year-old does return to the west London fold then his next steps will be watched with great interest by Blues fans. Though he remains a player of high potential it’s difficult to see him breaking into a Chelsea first-team which has been unerringly dominant so far this season.
The likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard, Willian and Andre Schurrle have continued to impress during the club’s surge to the top of the Premier League, and even Mohamed Salah, who has plenty more experience at the highest level, doesn’t look like forcing his way into the starting XI.
As such another loan move is far more likely, with Van Ginkel in need of the opportunity to prove himself before Mourinho thinks about involving him in his long-term plans. As for his chances of returning to Chelsea in January, the idea looks more probable than it did before Jansen decided to speak up.