MARCO VAN GINKEL has a positive feeling about the switch to Milan but still thinks about Chelsea, who loaned him out to the Rossoneri.
Van Ginkel joined Milan on loan with no option to be bought and yesterday he had his first training session with the group. Milan were keen to sign the player and it seems that they believe he can feature regularly this season: according to Sky Italia, if Van Ginkel plays less than 20 games, Milan will pay Chelsea €1 million for the loan while if he plays more, the fee will be €0.5 mil.
The Dutchman is just starting to settle in but he feels like he took the right step after missing the majority of last season due to a knee injury, managing to appear in just 4 Chelsea games in his debut season after growing up at Vitesse.
“Of course I had imagined my 1st season at Chelsea differently,” Van Ginkel is quoted as saying on Voetbal International. “In a few months’ time a lot can change. I played with Chelsea in the pre-season, especially in the start. It wasn’t bad. But Chelsea have an amazing selection.
“Certainly I wasn’t afraid of it but I want to make a lot this season. And a player you have to realistically look at your opportunities and asses to what extend it’s possible to get what you want at your club. The interest of Milan did something to me. The club has won some many things over the years and has had many good players. Of course last season was disappointing and therefore the club doesn’t play in the UCL.
“But Milan remain one of the biggest clubs in the world. And again, it’s a big and beautiful foreign league. I’m convinced this is the right step for me. The fact that Chelsea rejected a buy-out clause? It gives confidence but for now everything is focused on Milan. I want to show myself and the conversations that I had were promising. They didn’t give up on me and kept calling; that definitely gave me a good feeling. Like at Chelsea, the expectations are high at Milan, but I’m not afraid.
“Wherever you play there is competition and you have to perform. As a midfielder I think Italian football suits me. Milan play with a defensive midfielder and two offensive midfielders who attack and I think that my goal should be getting one of two spots. It’s a nice position. Ajax? There was contact with all the big clubs in the Netherlands. Ajax was definitely worth considering – a nice club that plays in the UEFA Champions League. But the level of the league also mattered to me.
“I played three full seasons in the Eredivisie and last year I opted for a move abroad. At the moment I think I can learn more in Serie A than in the Eredivisie. I feel this is the right decision. The national team? I don’t look too far ahead after the last season but I have a positive feeling. I’m in a new country with a new language and a new culture and I’m at a top club.”
Van Ginkel is unlikely to play from the start against Parma on Sunday evening but according to Adriano Galliani, coach Filippo Inzaghi speaks highly of the 21-year-old. Andrea Poli and Sulley Muntari are still favourites to play in the midfield.