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Several loan offers in for Marko Marin

Laurence Griffiths

Time for some Marko Marin rumours, I suppose. With Victor Moses off on Africa Cup of Nations, this was Marin's time to shine at Chelsea and establish himself as a valuable part of the first team. Instead, Oscar's gotten the minutes that we were expecting to be thrown the German's way, which leaves Marin... well, on the bench and unhappy, mostly. And that's going to lead to talk of him moving on.

I will not hide the fact that Marin has several interesting offers of a loan until the end of the season. I cannot name clubs, but I can say that the offers come both from western and eastern Europe.

Marko wants more playing time, but we understand that at a major club like Chelsea there will always be serious competition for places. Marin feels good in London but in order to play regularly for the German national team he needs to be a first-teamer.

-Fali Ramadani, Marin's agent. Source: ESPN Soccernet.

(I looked up Mr. Ramadani to make sure he actually existed, by the way.)

I always find it funny that Marin has the desire to play regularly for the national team, because he's nowhere near good enough to make past Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Toni Kroos, Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle and Lukas Podolski. But hey, it must be nice to believe in yourself to that extent.

Marin's always had his fans at Chelsea who'll be sad to see him go, but he simply hasn't done enough for the blue shirt to warrant keeping him around. He got his big Premier League chance against Queens Park Rangers and promptly tried to kill Stephane M'bia in a 1-0 loss, and he's still yet to make a major impact as a substitute.

What Marin needs for his career is actual playing time, and he's at best fifth choice at his preferred position at the moment. Might as well give him a chance to make a difference somewhere else and see if he can pick up his form again.

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