Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel admits he doesn’t understand why he hasn’t received more playing time at AC Milan so far this season.
Van Ginkel, 22, made his first start in almost two months for Milan in Sunday’s 2-0 home win over Udinese, with his performance earning widespread from fans and the media alike.
Having joined the Serie A giants on a season-long loan on September 1, the Dutchman’s only previous appearance came when he was stretchered off just 30 minutes into his league debut later that month, with an ankle ligament sprain ruling him out for the next three weeks.
He has since found himself on the fringes of the first-team upon returning to fitness and, following reports last month that Chelsea could look to pull the plug on his Italian stint over his lack of involvement, concedes that he has held discussions with Milan management.
“How come I have not played much? I do not know why,” he told Dutch news outlet Algemeen Dagblad
“Of course I needed a period of acclimatization, then I could not play in the months of September and October due to an ankle problem, but even after I have not played much, and this is something I was not expecting. We had a talk. I'm not angry, I just asked for a bit of clarity.”
Signing for Chelsea from childhood club Vitesse in the summer of 2013 for around £8 million, Van Ginkel made just four appearances during his first season in England before tearing his ACL in a League Cup tie against Swindon Town in September.
Returning to the reserve team action towards the end of the campaign, the two-time capped international impressed in pre-season but, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian ahead of him in the pecking order, was set to spend most of the 2014-15 season confined to the Stamford Bridge bench.
Milan were keen on acquiring Van Ginkel’s services on a permanent basis but, with Jose Mourinho remaining a big fan of his all-round midfield qualities, were forced to settle on a loan deal, albeit after he required some persuading due to his desire to fight for his place in the Chelsea line-up.
Things haven’t gone to plan so far but, if his performance of the weekend was a sign of things to come, then he should be set to see a lot more first-team opportunities moving forward.