Forgotten Chelsea man returning to club this summer: Lampard’s replacement?

Marko Marin

Chelsea star Marko Marin is returning to the club this summer after a year-long loan deal at Sevilla.

According to the Spanish newspaper El Correo de Andalucia, Marko Marin is returning to Chelsea this summer after La Liga side Sevilla opted against making his stay permanent.

The 25-year-old midfielder joined the Blues in the summer of 2012, moving from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for a reported €8million fee.

His debut season in West London was hampered with niggling injuries and Chelsea’s managerial changes, and he was loaned out to Sevilla in the summer of 2013 before Jose Mourinho arrived at the club.

The German international started 18 La Liga matches and 12 Europe League games for Sevilla, totalling 1,554 minutes on the pitch for the for the club.

Marin, however, was overshadowed by the brilliance of fellow midfielder Ivan Rakitic and in his 30 starts over the season, boss Unai Emery substituted him off 16 times.

Despite Sevilla opting against making his deal permanent, his loan spell at the club has been deemed a success by sporting director Ramon ‘Monchi’ Rodriguez Verdejo, and he finished the season by winning the Europa League final.

What lies in store for the midfielder this summer remains to be seen, but his return to West London could come at an opportune moment.

Chelsea are currently down to just a handful of central midfielder after Frank Lampard departed the club, and Nigerian international Jon Obi Mikel could be next after strong interest from Italy.

Marin’s hardworking style and ability to create fits in well with Jose Mourinho’s philosophy, and there is little reason why he can’t integrate himself into Chelsea’s squad next season and offer an alternative to Nemanja Matic and fellow central midfielder Ramires.

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