Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt has been speaking about missing out on this summer’s World Cup and what next season has in store for him.
The left-back was included in Louis van Gaal’s provisional Holland squad but did not make the final 23-man party that will travel to Brazil.
Speaking to Helden Online, the 23-year-old revealed that van Gaal thought he was the best attacking option in his new 5-3-2 formation, but that the new Manchester United boss had doubts over van Aanholt’s defensive contribution.
“Mr van Gaal said I attacked the best in the new offensive system,” the Chelsea player is quoted as saying, “that I am the best player in that area, but that sometimes I am caught out defensively, and that he therefore will not take me to the World Cup.”
“He has a point, but that happens to everyone.”
Van Aanholt is fresh off the back of a succesful season at Vitesse Arnhem, but the only thing he is certain of is that he will not be heading back there again.
“No, I will not return to Vitesse, which is the only thing that is certain,” the player said, after discussing the reported interest from fellow Dutch side Feyenoord.
Van Aanholt reportedly held talks with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho last season, and the young left-back will be heading back to London later this summer to discover what the next 12 months have in store.
With Ashley Cole leaving Stamford Bridge, there could be chances for van Aanholt to show what he can do in the blue of Chelsea. But that will be Mourinho’s choice to make.
“After the holidays I will return to London and then we’ll talk about what my future looks like,” the player said.
But for now you sense he has other things on his mind, namely missing out on a tournament he will have to watch from afar.