Eredivisie Champions PSV Eindhoven want to take Marco Van Ginkel back on loan for the remainder of the current campaign.
The Dutch international has never managed to get his career back on track after suffering an horrid knee injury early in the 2013-14 season. Much was expected from him after he made his move to Chelsea and he featured regularly for Jose Mourinho prior to that injury. Since then he has been sent on loan to AC Milan, Stoke City and most recently PSV Eindhoven.
Now the Eredivisie giants have confirmed that they are interested in taking Van Ginkel back on loan for the rest of the season. In a recent interview to Omroep Brabant, PSV’s Sporting Director Marcel Brands stated that the 24-year-old was on their list of transfer targets, but they were yet to approach Chelsea regarding a possible move.
“We need to check with Chelsea,” he said. “Of course he’s on our list, but we must also see if there is a spot for him at this time in our team. That question will be answered by our technical staff. We need to look even if he is feasible. We have not enquired with Chelsea yet.”
After a difficult first half of last season at Stoke City, the Potters decided to cancel his loan spell and Van Ginkel subsequently went on loan to PSV Eindhoven on a 6 month deal. He had a superb spell at the Philips Stadion, scoring 8 goals in a mere 13 appearances whilst helping his side to their 23rd Eredivisie title. So it comes as no surprise that they want him back on loan.
He was reportedly open to extending his stay in Holland in April, but ultimately returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer. Even after Conte’s arrival, he was linked with a move back to PSV, but due to a knee injury he suffered early in the season that was ruled out as he has been in rehabilitation at Cobham ever since. He is yet to feature for Chelsea’s first team this season, only featuring a few times for the reserves alongside Kurt Zouma.
With N’golo Kante, Nathaniel Chalobah, Nemanja Matic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Cesc Fabregas to compete with for midfield spots, Van Ginkel will find chances difficult to come by this season, even if he managed to make a full recovery. Chelsea’s absence from the European scene and the EFL Cup leaves fewer games for Antonio Conte to try and experiment in, and a January loan move to a struggling PSV would be ideal for him to get some regular game time and return to his best form.