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Marco van Ginkel preparing for Chelsea return next season

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Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel is currently on loan at Stoke City; and started the season as first-choice in Mark Hughes' midfield.. He wasn't involved in our recent games against Stoke due to loan restrictions on players facing their parent club, but it doesn't mean he didn't feel a bit uneasy with Chelsea visiting Britannia Stadium twice in such a short timespan:

"It was strange to see Chelsea twice in just over a week. Yes, I still support Chelsea, but now I am at Stoke. I feel disappointed with Chelsea's recent results."

-Marco van Ginkel; Source: Chelsea TV via Inside Futbol

Stoke City haven't been much better than Chelsea in the Premier League thus far, sitting 12th with 16 points obtained in 12 matches -- 9 of which were won in their last 3 matches. The team initially struggled with Mark Hughes trying to force their transition from being a purely physical side to one with more flair and creativity, although they still maintain a lot of their old ways in their playing style, and Van Ginkel claims this change in style is what attracted him to Stoke in the first place:

"That's why I came to Stoke [as they shed their physical style of play under Mark Hughes]. Sometimes we play really good, we have a solid defence."

"And up front we have decent players, who can create something out of nothing and they have the quality to do well. And we are doing well."

-Marco van Ginkel; Source: Chelsea TV via Inside Futbol

And while he keeps on working to return to Stoke City's starting eleven, Van Ginkel has a clear objective in sight for next season; returning to Chelsea:

"My aims for the season? To be important for Stoke, to play a lot of games and to be prepared to return to Chelsea next season"

- Marco van Ginkel; Source: Chelsea TV via Inside Futbol