AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi has confirmed his intention to keep Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel at the San Siro next season after the Dutchman delivered a series of impressive performances following his return from injury in March.
The 22-year-old has endured a disrupted loan spell in Italy after struggling to maintain his fitness due to a number of niggling ankle problems that have limited him to just 16 appearances in all competitions this term.
However, Van Ginkel started all of Milan's last 11 games in Serie 'A', during which time he recaptured the kind of form that first prompted the European powerhouse to pursue the talented Blues youngster last summer.
With first-team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho allowed the highly-rated Holland international to leave west London in order to continue his development with the chance of more regular action abroad.
After just four senior starts for Chelsea since signing from Vitesse Arnhem in an £8 million deal in 2013 it remains to be seen whether Van Ginkel has a long-term future under the Portuguese tactician.
Mourinho is understood to be a big fan, but with competition for places in his side - particularly in midfield - at an all-time high he is going to struggle to guarantee the player game-time, and so might be open to letting Van Ginkel extend his stay at Milan.
Asked about the prospect of re-signing the midfielder for the 2015/16 campaign Inzaghi played down expectations by remaining non-committal, but made no secret of his desire to work with the Blues ace again.
"Unfortunately he is not our player, but he has grown a lot," the 41-year-old was quoted saying by the Daily Mirror. "He has played seven or eight games in a row and we are starting to see a great player.
"He does really well in training. Chelsea have great midfielders and he is in need of playing. My will would be if possible to keep him because he can give us a big hand."
Van Ginkel impressed again for Milan in Sunday's penultimate game of the season - a 3-0 win over Torino - and will almost certainly start when Inzaghi's side travel to Atalanta next Saturday to bring the curtain down on what has been a disappointing campaign for the club.
With AC currently residing in tenth place in the Serie 'A' table, the highest position they can hope for is eighth, but that would take inner city rivals Inter to be thrashed at home against Empoli and for already relegated Cesena to prevent Torino from winning as well.
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