Chelsea on verge of losing midfielder whom Mourinho described as 'engine' on free transfer

PSV Eindhoven technical director John de Jong has confirmed the club’s intention to sign on-loan Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel on a free transfer this summer.

The 28-year-old midfielder joined PSV on loan last October following a frustrating two years of rehabilitation for his knee injury.

Despite the lengthy absence, he actually signed a contract extension last summer prior to his loan move.

Van Ginkel has had to ease his return to the football pitch and wait until earlier this month to make his first full 90 minutes appearance.

The PSV board seem satisfied with his performance and, according to De Jong, are planning to secure the former Vitesse Arnhem player’s service permanently.

He also claimed that PSV might be able to sign the midfielder on a free transfer following Chelsea’s decision.

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“It is great to see how Marco van Ginkel has come back and that he can handle the level,” De Jong told Dutch outlet ED.

“We know the trajectory he came from and I am happy to see that he is doing so well.”

“When you talk about leadership and character, he is an example.

“Because of that last week with three games in eight days, everyone now feels that he can handle the load.

“I think it’s very logical that we’re talking to him about a contract.

“This also depends on the financial conditions of course.

“We waited until the moment he would be on a free transfer or not. Chelsea had until 15 May to exercise an option and as far as we know that did not happen.

“Marco seems very happy and also wants to continue. I assume we will come to each other, but you can never be sure in advance.”

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It is quite unfortunate that such an incredible talent lost two years of his career to an injury.

Back in 2013, then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was convinced that Van Ginkel had the potential that is “very much adapted” to Premier League football.

“Van Ginkel has an engine,” Mourinho said at the time (via Daily Mail).

“He has physical power which is not normal for such a young kid.

“He covers a fantastic area of the field defensively and after that, he has this instinct where he wants to go into finishing areas, he wants to score goals.”

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From a financial perspective, Chelsea’s decision not to trigger the extension option in Van Ginkel’s contract in order to secure a transfer fee does not really make sense.

After all, Chelsea facilitated the midfielder’s knee surgery and his two-year rehabilitation process.

Although, given the circumstances, it is very unlikely that they will get any substantial fee, and the club might have decided to help Ginkel secure a permanent deal at PSV instead.

The Blues might also face a similar situation with Charly Musonda soon.

The 24-year-old winger is close to a full return from a career-threatening knee injury, but his Chelsea contract will expire next summer (2022).

Chelsea will have to make a decision this summer about his future. Interstingly, some Blues fans seem to want him back in the squad after noticing that he ‘bulked like crazy’ during his recovery process.

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