According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan want to keep Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel for next season. However, the 21-year-old may have shown enough to be considered by Jose Mourinho ahead of Ramires in the Blues side next season.
The Dutch international, who had a slow start to life in Italy due to a number of injuries, has recently broken into Filippo Inzaghi’s side and has now started the last five games for the club, with the latest coming in a 0-0 draw against fierce rivals Inter Milan.
Although some could argue that his hot-and-cold loan spell in Italy may not be enough to convince Mourinho of his first team potential, the Dutchman clearly hasn’t given up hope of representing the Blues next season and his agent – Karel Jansen – told the Guardian that the goal is for him to return to Chelsea at the end of the season.
‘’We don’t know yet – his [Van Ginkel] future is unclear at the moment,’’ said Jansen. ‘’He is now playing regularly for Milan but we still have to discuss next season with Chelsea. I think it will be decided next month or by the start of the transfer window. But there is no pressure.
“The goal for Marco is to return to Chelsea so we will see what happens. It is all dependable on what they want to do.”
Can Van Ginkel be an upgrade on Ramires for Chelsea?
Although Ramires remains one of the more experienced players at Chelsea, which is important to have around the side, he has been underwhelming for Mourinho’s team this season and has made more appearances from the bench than he has from the start in the Premier League.
At 28, it’s hard to see a way back for Ramires and it could be in everybody’s best interests if he is moved on in order to bring some fresh blood through that could have a bigger impact now and in the future.
With Milan, Van Ginkel has been used primarily through the middle and in deeper areas of the pitch. He has shown he has an outstanding ability to read the game and make interceptions, and he also has the physical attributes to beat his opponents in the air. Along with that, he has been incredibly tidy when distributing the ball and is never afraid to show himself as an option for his teammates.
The role at Milan is exactly what would be asked of him at Chelsea, and at 22 he still has a lot of potential to fulfil. Now could be the right time to bed him in the squad or the Blues could run the risk of losing him for good.