Marco Van Ginkel’s first season at Chelsea did not exactly go to plan. The Dutch international was snapped up in July of last year for a fee in the region of £8 million from Vitesse Arnhem.
Jose Mourinho was said to be a big fan of the young maestro - and used him at the start of the Premier League campaign. He came on as a second half substitute against Hull City and Aston Villa in the early Premier League sparring and also featured against FC Basel in the Champions League.
But on the 24th September his season and World Cup dream was said to be finished - after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during a Capital One Cup game against Swindon Town.
But he came back strong at the end of last season, even earning a call-up to the provisional Dutch team for the World Cup.
But with plenty of options available to him Jose Mourinho has decided to let van Ginkel play elsewhere this campaign - as he joined AC Milan on loan during the Transfer Window.
And now MvG has spoken about his switch from Chelsea to Voetbal International this week, insisting that Milan was the best place for him to continue his development:
"I want to show what I can do and the conversations I had were promising. They did not give up, they kept calling. That definitely gave me a good feeling. AC Milan's interest did something to me.
"The club has won so many trophies and had so many good players over the years. Of course, last season was disappointing. The club therefore doesn't play in the Champions League, but AC Milan remain one of the biggest clubs in the world. And again it's a beautiful big foreign league. I'm convinced this is a good step for me."
Chelsea boss Mourinho is not believed to giving up on van Ginkel. Quite the contrary, he is believed to be a big fan of the Dutchman and he will surely feature in Chelsea's future plans.
The hope is he can have an injury free and progressive campaign at the San Siro with the Rossoneri this campaign - which might just bring him back to Chelsea an even stronger commodity.