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PSV first in line as Van Ginkel plays down Chelsea first-team chances

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The long path to recovery

Training PSV Photo by Aaron van Zandvoort/Soccrates/Getty Images

Now that Marco van Ginkel has extended his contract with Chelsea and financially secured his future to some degree, the next step is getting back to the level he was and playing regularly in a top European league. Of course, perennially interested PSV Eindhoven, the club where Marco attained the most success will always be an option, and according to reports, the Eredivise club want to sign the player once again.

According to Voetbal International, now that the 27-year-old is fit and raring to go once again, PSV will hold talks with Chelsea regarding a loan deal. Should this loan transfer eventually occur, it will be the midfielder’s third temporary stint in Eindhoven, after six months in 2016 and 18 months in 2017-18. Van Ginkel won the Eredivisie in both of those seasons, scoring 31 goals and assisting 10 times across 64 games in those two seasons. He was even the captain of the side in his second spell!

Marco has himself confirmed the intention to head out on loan while acknowledging PSV’s interest, who were monitoring Van Ginkel’s progress before the January transfer window. Unfortunately, he was not fit back then.

“Joining Chelsea is a difficult story, I think. It is of course a top club. To hook on that now seems a bit premature. So I will be loaned out. We should see that in the coming period.

“It is now time for a vacation, so take it easy. Of course there is contact with certain clubs, including PSV. I had a good time there. But otherwise it is still quiet.”

-Marco van Ginkel; source: Ziggo Sport via Football Oranje

While Van Ginkel’s new Chelsea contract runs until next summer, there is an option to extend it by a further year. The logical step for the club would be to loan him for a season before selling him once he regains his form.

But of course, all of that is secondary. The most important thing is for Marco to regain and maintain fitness, and maybe even show a modicum of the greatness that was expected from him.