Forgotten Chelsea man Marco van Ginkel expects FOURTH loan spell in six years after signing new Blues deal

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CHELSEA’S forgotten man Marco van Ginkel is set for a FOURTH loan spell in six years despite extending his time at Stamford Bridge by signing a new deal.

The Dutch midfielder has only just returned to somewhere near full fitness after rupturing his ACL in July 2018.

The 27-year-old was handed a boost when, out of the blue, the club offered him a one-year extension this week, despite having not turned out for the West London side since the 2013/14 season.

Van Ginkel was set to become a free agent this summer but now is likely to be shipped out on loan yet again with competition for places tougher than ever in Frank Lampard’s side.

He told Ziggo Sport: “Joining Chelsea is a difficult story, I think. It is of course a top club.

“To hook [my hopes]on that [playing for the first team]now seems a bit premature. So I will be loaned out.”

Van Ginkel initially signed for Chelsea for £8million from Eredivisie side Vitesse in 2013 but has had a turgid time of it – making just two Premier League appearances in seven years.

Both of those came in his first campaign but he has since been loaned out to AC Milan, Stoke City and PSV.

He spent the 2014-15 season at the San Siro before returning to England to turn out for the Potters the following year and finally spending two years at PSV between 2016-18.

Van Ginkel struggled with an ankle injury in Italy and had his time at Stoke cut short after losing his spot in the XI to Ibrahim Afellay and seeing Giannelli Imbula arrive.

But he finally hit his straps at PSV and bagged 16 goals in 33 games in his last season in Eindhoven while captaining the side to the league title.

Reports linking him with a return to the Dutch club have circulated after news of his new deal with the Blues emerged.

He added: “We should see [what happens]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.”

The Blues ace is raking in £28,000 a week, according to the Daily Mail, which means he has chalked up over £10m in earnings at Chelsea.

That works out at an eye-watering £2.5m for each of his four senior appearances.

Van Ginkel has eight caps for the Holland senior side but has his work cut out if he is to secure a long-term career at Chelsea with Lampard’s embarrassment of riches in the middle of the park.

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