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Chelsea's new signing: Marco van Ginkel

Chris David
4.28K   //    10 Jul 2013, 17:27 IST

SC Heerenveen v Vitesse Arnhem - Eredivisie

Chelsea completed their move for second signing of this summer after the Blues landed Marco van Ginkel from Vitesse Arnhem midfielder earlier this month. The Dutch midfielder was long on the radar of the Europa League winners, as they managed to fend off competition from their league rivals Manchester United for the youngster’s signature.

Van Ginkel has not been a known figure until the later part of the last season and beginning of the summer. An unknown player has finally managed to make a permanent move to the West London club for a transfer fee believed to be around £9m.

Jose Mourinho started his second stint as the manager of Chelsea and the Portuguese tactician has already had an impact his new spell in charge at Stamford Bridge by bringing in two players to the squad. The first being Andre Schurrle, who is now joined by Van Ginkel at the West London club.

Born in Amersfoort on 1 December 1992, the talented 6 ft 1 in midfielder joined Vitesse academy at the age of six and grew up through the ranks of the Eredivise club for the most part of at the Arnhem-based club.

After climbing up through the ranks of Vitesse academy, Van Ginkel impressed with his performance in his boyhood club. After having a remarkable spell, in 2010, the Dutch outfit’s then-manager Theo Bos gave him an opportunity to feature in the first team of Vitesse.

Van Ginkel picked up at a very slow pace and despite the club having a several managers take in charge of the managerial role, the midfield prodigy kept on improving his game.

The 20-year-old was integral part of Vitesse’s brilliant run in the Eredivise during the last campaign, where they managed to finish the season fourth in the league table. Van Ginkel’s prolific form for his former employers saw him bag the Dutch Young Talent of The Year and also became the first player from the Arnhem-based club to land the award.

Van Ginkel is believed to be replace the Blues veteran and their all-time leading goal scorer, Frank Lampard, in their midfield. The midfielder is one of the brightest prospects of the Dutch football; but if he can prove his worth in the Premier League is something one needs to wait and see.

The Dutch midfielder is likely to be used by Mourinho in the playmaking role. The former Real Madrid manager will be squeezing the best out of his new signing for the new season. He is believed to be very destructive in the central midfield role, provided there is enough cover given by defensive midfielders.


With John Obi Mikel now expressing his desire to leave the Stamford Bridge club and Michael Essien now failing to feature in that position for over a year, Mourinho is left with David Luiz.

Chelsea failed to hold on to their lead at the top of the table during the last season. Despite having one of the best attacking midfielders in the world, which includes Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard, the Blues failed to have an impact in the league.

With Van Ginkel and a top-class defensive midfielder, Chelsea could be on the track to dethrone Manchester United as the best club in England.

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