Chelsea loanee Marco Van Ginkel: This is why I chose Stoke

The Netherlands international has stated that after talking to Mark Hughes he was convinced the Britiannia Stadium was an ideal destination.

Marco van Ginkel has admitted that Mark Hughes had a major bearing on his decision to leave Chelsea and sign for Stoke on a season-long loan, as per the club’s official website.

The Netherlands international will spend the 2015-16 campaign at the Britannia Stadium and joins a host of others to have signed for the Potters this summer so far.

Van Ginkel has revealed that he had a number of options over where to play next season but was convinced that Stoke was the right choice after talking to the club’s manager Hughes.

“I am really happy to be here now, it was a long-flight, but it was worth it because I am here, a Stoke City player and I have met all of my new teammates which has been really nice,” he is quoted as saying by the club’s official website after joining the squad in Singapore.

“I had a few options in England, but also in other countries, but as soon as I spoke to the manager I felt that this would be a really good place for me to come and play my football.

“The last two years have been really positive for the Club, finishing in ninth position, and I also think my playing style suits this team.

“I want to be important to the team here, and hopefully stay fit and healthy and play many games – that is certainly my aim.

“I had a difficult time at Chelsea with the injury I picked up after just two games, but I was able to go to AC Milan last season and play many games. I ended the season strongly there too which has given me confidence.

“The next step is to play in the Premier League, because it is the biggest competition in the world and I will be playing against the best players and the best teams in the world, which is realty exciting.”

Van Ginkel arrived at Chelsea after starring for Vitesse Arnhem and making inroads into the Dutch national team.

He initially looked like a player capable of having an impact in the West London club’s first team but suffered serious injury early in his time at Stamford Bridge.

A loan spell in Milan gave the talented central midfielder another chance to play more regularly but the Dutchman has seemingly not done enough to convince Jose Mourinho that he is needed by the Premier League champions next season.

Van Ginkel’s arrival is an exciting one for Stoke, who will hope that the technically excellent midfielder can make up for the departure of Steven N’Zonzi.

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