Chelsea prospect Van Ginkel set for Premier League return - Report

Marco van Ginkel is set to leave AC Milan, with Chelsea looking at a Premier League loan for the youngster.

The Dutch international midfielder has struggled since his arrival at Chelsea, with a season-long injury preventing him from breaking into the first-team in his early months in West London.

With the signings of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic in 2014, Van Ginkel fell further down the pecking order, and, with first-team football needed at the age of 21 to aid his progression, the former Vitesse man joined AC Milan on a season-long loan deal.

However, another injury curtailed his progress, leaving him to make just one appearance in Serie A this term. The form of Nigel de Jong, Sulley Muntari and Andrea Poli has seen the 21-year-old struggle to break back into the first-team set-up since his return to fitness, and Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Chelsea are keen on bringing Van Ginkel back to Stamford Bridge - to loan him out to a Premier League club.

The move would make sense on Chelsea’s behalf, with the player easier to keep track of if in England, although there are still no guarantees that a Premier League club would be willing to play Van Ginkel on a consistent enough basis for Jose Mourinho’s liking. However, it is believed that the Premier League was always the first-choice destination for Van Ginkel, with a move to PSV Eindhoven rejected by the Blues due to the Eredivisie being ‘too low level’ for a talented players development.

If Milan do agree to terminate the deal for Van Ginkel, it is still highly unlikely that the youngster will make a mark upon the Stamford Bridge crowd this season, although a spell of consistent Premier League football may be enough for him to finally work his way into Jose Mourinho’s plans.

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