One of the more iconic Chelsea scenes of the COVID-19 pandemic so far has been Marco van Ginkel training all by himself in an empty Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have opened up the stadium during these quarantine times for use by those players who live nearby. As Marco said in a recent interview, it’s a way better pitch than the local park.
And for Marco, that training is having a positive effect, as is getting close to full fitness once again, after nearly two years on the sidelines. However, there is plenty of uncertainty regarding his future, with an expiring contract (though possibly with a club-option for an extension) and potential interest from PSV.
“I have no idea what is going to happen. Chelsea should let me know what it plans to do next month. I’ll call them in a few weeks.
“No, seriously: I don’t know. Due to the current crisis, it may just be that a lot is changing in terms of contracts and salaries in football. These are uncertain times for many people. We’ll just wait and see.”
For what it’s worth, it sounds like Van Ginkel wouldn’t mind staying at Chelsea. Could he finally get his lucky break seven years after the (first) knee injury that tragically derailed his entire Blues career?
“They can also think: ‘we have invested a lot in that boy and now he is finally fit. Let’s keep him’.”
-Marco van Ginkel; source: Voetbal International via Football Oranje
That would certainly be an interesting development, especially considering that players who have become loan army veterans usually try to leave. Perhaps his case is different due to all those unfortunate injuries. Or perhaps in these times of uncertainty, it is best to stay with the safe(r) and more financially stable option.