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Arsenal legend bitter about Ajax losing Van Ginkel to Chelsea

Marc Overmars has expressed his disappointment about Marco van Ginkel moving to Chelsea and not Ajax.

Marco van Ginkel sealed his move to Chelsea last week, with the Dutchman apparently considered an ideal replacement for Frank Lampard in the long-term.

Van Ginkel, 20, was voted the Dutch Talent of the Year for his performances last season, following in the footsteps of Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie who all won the award.

Seeing the star, who already has been capped by the Holland senior side, snapped up by Premier League giants Chelsea has irked one man, a former player of rivals to the Stamford Bridge club.

Marc Overmars, once a wing wizard at Arsenal, is currently the sporting director at Ajax.

And he had this to say about Van Ginkel's move: "Van Ginkel is a great young talent and we would have liked him to come to Ajax.

"Whether it is too early for him to go to Chelsea or not, I don't know. With us, he would have played a lot of games and played in the Champions League.

"We couldn't have a discussion with the player as Chelsea have a co-operation agreement with Vitesse and were first choice. The important thing for the player is that he gets minutes in the first team. Hopefully the deal goes well and he will get into the team."

His last comment is a bit of a back-handed good luck to the player, who he surely does want to succeed for it is in the Dutch national interest, but would clearly prefer it not be at Chelsea.

Ajax are used to cherry-picking the best Dutch talent, from their academy upwards, and are clearly antagonised that they were unable to compete with Chelsea for Van Ginkel's signature.

While Overmars pontificates that Ajax would be able to offer him Champions League football, if all goes to plan for the midfielder, Van Ginkel will get to play his part in Chelsea's campaign too.

And crucially unlike Ajax, Chelsea will have a greater chance of competing in the latter stages. 

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