'Not very big': 28-year-old doesn't think he'll be playing for Chelsea next season
Marco van Ginkel admitted he didn’t believe there was much chance Chelsea would extend his contract for another year, speaking to ESPN.
Van Ginkel is currently on loan with PSV Eindhoven, having originally joined the Blues back in 2013.
Majority of his career has been spent away from Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old’s appearance record for Chelsea stands at just four.
His existing spell with PSV hasn’t been much prettier either. He missed nearly 1000 days of action thanks to a serious knee and only made his long-awaited return in January.
The midfielder started a senior game for the first time since 2018 during his sides 2-0 win over Willem II yesterday.
Chelsea now have until next week to decide whether they will extend Van Ginkel’s deal for another term, or finally allow him to leave permanently.
“Chelsea must officially announce next week whether they will exercise the option,” said the Dutch international after PSV’s victory on Sunday.
“I’ll wait and see then. The chance that I will play there is not very big.
“But if I play matches I am of value. If they can make a few million more, I don’t know how they stand.”
Remaining in his native country would seem the most logical solution if Van Ginkel is released by Chelsea.
It’s where he’s spent the past five years, albeit most of those on the treatment table.
There doesn’t seem much room for him in Thomas Tuchel’s squad, which might become even larger with all the other loanees set to return this summer.
Connor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley are three names potentially fighting for a midfield position with the Blues.
Of course, some players may be leaving the club to make room for others, or just never return at all.
In Van Ginkel’s case, it seems like the latter is the most viable option.
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All good things have to come to an end. In Van Ginkel’s case, his good never even got into gear.
I think for all parties, it would be best to let him spread his wings elsewhere, without the worry of where he will be playing his football next campaign.