In an interview with AC Milan’s official website, Marco van Ginkel has insisted that he is appreciating his time at the club, despite recent reports that Chelsea could be set to cut his loan stint short.
Van Ginkel, 21, joined Milan on a season-long deal on September 1, but has so far made just two appearances, with injuries hampering his chance to establish a place in Filippo Inzaghi’s line-up.
Chelsea are said to be far from pleased with his situation, and Italian football agent Gianluca Fiorini, who was involved in the deal which brought the Dutchman to the San Siro, revealed to Sportmediaset.it last week that the Premier League club are on the verge of cancelling the agreement.
A loan move elsewhere for the second half of the campaign has been mooted as a result, with the Blues eager to see him earn regular minutes, but Van Ginkel has since stressed that he is now fit and looking forward to seeing some time on the pitch over the coming months.
"I hope to play many matches and be important for the team,” he said. "I feel good, I had an ankle problem but now I'm back training with the group.
"We are a good team and there are so many nice guys. Although we lost a few points in recent weeks, the atmosphere in the group is good. We are aiming to improve in the next games.”
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 September League Cup tie at Swindon Town.
The Netherlands international returned to action with the reserves towards the end of the campaign, before impressing with the firs-team in pre-season, but the club’s plethora of midfield options saw Jose Mourinho opt to ship him out to Milan.
The Serie A giants were in fact said to be keen on acquiring his signature on a permanent basis at the time, making his lack of action all the more bizarre, but if he can remain clear of injuries moving forward then his undoubted potential should see him break into manager Inzaghi’s plans before long.