"He's a great player" - Chelsea prospect praised by loan club's vice president

Marco Van Ginkel

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says that midfielder Marco van Ginkel is a great player.

Whilst Chelsea continue to splash the cash after the arrivals of Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Loic Remy this summer, they have made a commitment to youth signings in recent years.

Whilst that would normally be commendable, Chelsea have actually been criticised recently. The Blues have a staggering 26 players out on loan this season, and the vast majority of those are youngsters.

With Matej Delac, Wallace, Kenneth Omeruo, Tomas Kalas, Cristian Cuevas, Oriol Romeu, Mario Pasalic, Cristian Atsu, Thorgan Hazard, Lucas Piazon and Stipe Perica out on loan, Chelsea could even field a team of youngsters currently playing away from Stamford Bridge.

It's been called hoarding players by many, and their partnership with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem has been slammed. In return for loaning out a number of players to Vitesse, Chelsea snapped up young midfielder Marco van Ginkel.

The 21-year-old spent virtually all of last season out injured, but has now - unsurprisingly - been loaned out to AC Milan alongside Fernando Torres.

After a slow start to life in Italy, the Netherlands international impressed in Milan's Trofeo Berlusconi win over San Lorenzo on Wednesday night, leading to praise from vice-president Adriano Galliani.

"I am very happy with the performance of Van Ginkel, especially in front of the defence." said Galliani. He has given us great quality, he is a great player."

With Chelsea short of bodies in the centre of midfield, it's unlikely that they would let van Ginkel leave the club on a permanent basis, but Jose Mourinho and co have to be happy with his progress at the San Siro.

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