Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Chelsea forgotten midfielder is back at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea and Netherlands international, Marco Van Ginkel is back at Stamford Bridge with deliberations over his future. The 27-year-old was seen practicing in the Stadium, as per a video he uploaded on Instagram.

Chelsea – Ginkel’s ‘Forgotten’ Home!

Chelsea has seen some inconsistent players, but Van Ginkel stands out to be the one sliding into oblivion. Harsh it may sound, the Dutchman signed for Chelsea back in 2013. His total appearances after 7 years at Stamford Bridge is, well four. The last time he played for the Blues, David Moyes as Manchester United’s Manager, Wenger bossed Arsenal and their current coach played for Chelsea – yes, its that old, 24th September 2013 to be exact.

Since then, injuries, especially the cruciate ligament injury and faltering form saw him leave Chelsea with spells at Stoke City, AC Milan and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. His last appearance was almost 2 years ago at Eindhoven in March 2018.

Contract conditions of Marco Van Ginkel

Van Ginkel will be out of contract this summer. It will a surprise if Lampard chooses to keep him at the club. Eindhoven has been interested in him, with the player already used to the club, during his loan spell there.

Talking about his future deliberations, Ginkel said, “We haven’t had contact about that yet, but other things are of course more important now. I will hear it when the moment [contract extension] arrives. I still have contact with people at PSV, but not about a possible winter period transfer.”

Did anybody say Contract Extension?

Talking of contract extensions, Chelsea has a number of players whose future depends on the fate of football after the pandemic crisis passes. Some reports suggest they may play for short periods on temporary contracts if extensions don’t take place, while some clubs have demanded to void this whole season and start afresh later.

The ones in this ambit are the ones in their thirties – Olivier Giroud, Willian, and Pedro. Giroud has attracted attention from Conte’s Inter, while Arsenal is eyeing Willian. If Lampard is looking for an extension of expiring contacts, the dutchman doesn’t really make it to the top of his preferences.

Lampard’s transfer deliberations

The Englishman was frustrated with Chelsea’s transfer business in the winter and finished a deal soon after that. “Some things are not in my control. My first thought as always is what happens on the training pitch. It’s clear that we wanted to bring players in”, was his response after the window slammed shut.

As far as Van Ginkel’s future is considered, he’ll need a Midas touch to turn his future at the club. But for the moment, his future looks crystal clear as Frank will look for fresh, more effective legs as Ginkel will be shown the door.  



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