AC Milan vice-president compares Chelsea loanee van Ginkel to Roma's Strootman

Modified 03 Dec 2014
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Chelsea loanee Marco van Ginkel in action during a Serie A match between AC Milan and Udinese Calcio.

Dutch footballer Marco van Ginkel may have been struggling to get first team action during his loan spell away from Chelsea at AC Milan, but a confident performance from the midfielder against Udinese during their 2-0 home win has given him the chance to resurrect his career.

Since moving to the Italian side early September, van Ginkel’s last appearance for the Rossoneri came against Empoli after he was stretchered off in the first half of the match for an ankle ligament sprain that kept him out of action for three weeks.

However, van Ginkel seems to be getting back his lost touch as he registered a commendable display against Udinese, which did not get unnoticed with vice-president Adriano Galliani compared him to Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.

“I consider van Ginkel on the same level as [Roma midfielder Kevin] Strootman. He just needs continuity,” Gallani was quoted by Gazetta.

The 22-year-old had a pass completion rate of 95%, creating two chances for his teammate while finishing the match with three successful tackles in the process.

Following the match, he said, "How come I have not played much? I do not know why. Of course I needed a period of acclimatization, then I could not play in the months of September and October due to an ankle problem, but even after I have not played much, and this was not what I was expecting.”

"We had a talk. I'm not angry, I asked just a bit of clarity," he added,

Published 03 Dec 2014, 10:18 IST
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