Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has recently slated Chelsea for not allowing new signing Marco Van Ginkel join the Dutch side on loan for the season. Here is what the former Arsenal player said about their outright refusal to allow one of their summer signings to head to Amsterdam for the season:
"He made no mistake, because he really wanted to come to Ajax, but Chelsea did not let him.
Would it have been better for his development to go to Ajax? Yes, 1000 per cent. We tried to get him on loan in this transfer window but unfortunately Chelsea would not let him go."
It is an odd one, but not difficult to understand why MVG would have been keen on the move and why Overmars will feel aggrieved at Chelsea’s apparent dismissive attitude toward any potential switch.
The Blues snapped up the young Dutch international Vitesse Arnhem for a fee in the region of £8 million. But competition for places in the Chelsea midfield is going to be fierce for the 20-year-old, and he knows the majority of his season will see him sitting on the bench.
In a World Cup year for a player who has only recently established himself in the Dutch national team - that could be terminal to his hopes of travelling to Brazil.
So a move to Holland’s biggest club would have been perfect - and it is not as if Chelsea are adverse to loan deals now is it.
But the reason why he wasn’t allowed to leave would seem pretty self-explanatory … well to me at least.
MVG was signed from Vitesse Arnhem - a club with which Chelsea have an excellent working relationship. Roman Abramovich is good friends with Merab Jordania, the Dutch side’s Georgian owner, and Vitesse currently have no fewer than six Chelsea players on loan at the GelreDome.
Last season Vitesse battled to a fourth place finish in the league, and were in the title race (which was eventually win by Ajax) right up to the penultimate weekend - this team has ambition.
So for Chelsea to buy one of their star players, then loan him to a direct competitor for the league title in Holland, it would have contradicted the excellent relationship the team has so far established - leaving them stuck when looking for a team to take a youngster on loan for a season.
Surely this is why Marco Van Ginkel was not allowed to join Ajax on loan?
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