Chelsea’s forgotten man Marco van Ginkel is in talks with the club over a new contract, he revealed in an interview with Dutch media outlet AD.
“My agent Karel Jansen is discussing a new contract with the club. I am very happy with that sign of trust from Chelsea.
” It is not without reason that a club tries to keep you in such an uncertain time after such a long injury period,” the Dutchman said.
van Ginkel has not played for the club since 2013 but claims he is ready to give it another shot at Stamford Bridge following severe injury problems over the past two years.
The 27 year old has not made a competitive appearance for two years but was just getting back to full fitness before football activity ceased in March.
“I have worked hard to get back and I can handle four or five training sessions a week. In March I was almost ready to join the group and I was allowed to enter the duels in training, but then Corona took hold. Maybe I can still play a few times in a match this summer.”
It remains to be seen whether he is in manager Frank Lampard’s long term plans at the club.
van Ginkel signed for the Blues in 2013 for £8million from Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem but has spent considerable time out on loan.
He had spells at AC Milan and Stoke before showcasing his true potential in Eredivisie for PSV.
PSV even made him club captain towards the end of his stint there in the 2017-18 season, scoring 31 goals in 64 appearances.
He is keen to return to competitive action and believes he can turn out for the Chelsea U23s in the short term as he sorts out his long term future.
“I expect to be able to return to Chelsea under 23 in the short term. Otherwise I will be transfer-free in the summer and we will look further.”
It would truly be a fairy tale story if van Ginkel was to succeed at Chelsea after making just four appearances in over seven years at the club.