Van Ginkel targets starting spot at Chelsea

The Netherlands Under-21 midfielder, who officially made the switch from Vitesse to the Blues on Friday, is eager to play games ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
New Chelsea signing Marco van Ginkel has targeted a starting position under Jose Mourinho following his move to the Stamford Bridge outfit.

The 20-year-old, who was part of the Netherlands Under-21 side at the European Championship in Israel last month, signed a five-year deal with the Blues earlier this week and was officially unveiled at the club on Friday.

Van Ginkel has been earmarked as a star for the future, but the midfield starlet is determined to force his way into the starting XI and will not settle for a place on the bench.

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"I want to play games and not only sit on the bench, that's what I hope for," Van Ginkel told the club's website.

"I want to play in games at these great stadiums and hopefully be important for the team, whether it is from the bench or from the start.

"I spoke with the manager and he had some good words for me.

"If a trainer like this says these things to you it makes you really proud and I am happy to work with him."

Van Ginkel is hoping the step up in quality of the Premier League can make him a better player and earn him a call-up to the Netherlands squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"Everybody wants to go to Brazil," Van Ginkel said.

"You have to play, that's what (head coach) Louis van Gaal has said to players.

"I think I can play games and I think the Premier League is higher than the Dutch league, so you can learn more physically and technically, and develop. That's why I am here."