Date: 30th August 2013 at 4:00pm
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Schurrle van Ginkel

Ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge it to some convincing before Marco van Ginkel put pen to paper for Chelsea as the Dutchman wanted some assurances over playing time and the switch was made.

We’re only three games into the Premier League season and there has been talk that his agent is concerned that van Ginkel will be warming the bench too often and may have to go out on loan, but the Blues have reportedly rejected Ajax’s loan bid for the midfielder which could signify that they’re serious about him.

The 20-year-old wanted assurances for a good reason as this isn’t just any old season it’s a season ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next summer and van Ginkel, like many other players, is desperate to claim a place in the Netherlands squad and he’ll need to be playing to achieve the privilege.

Van Ginkel wasn’t in the squad for Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford to play Manchester United so may have gotten a little bit anxious despite the fact it is so early on in the season and the recent quotes from his agent provoked Ajax into action but they’ve been knocked back. Mourinho is still trying to trim the squad before the deadline and despite Ron Gourlay saying we’re after one or two more players, they’re unlikely to be significant.

The Dutchman has been tipped for a bright future and has previously been compared to the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, so many hope that he represents a long-term replacement for the former.

He played 41 games for Vitesse Arnhem last season, scoring 12 goals in total and helped them to a fourth place finish in the Dutch Eredivisie. Hopefully we will get to see the midfielder given his opportunities as Mourinho promised and I’m looking forward to seeing how he develops at the club.

Source: Evening Standard