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Van Ginkel wanted Chelsea stay, admits Galliani

Van Ginkel wanted Chelsea stay, admits Galliani


The AC Milan chief executive admits the loanee initially wanted to fight for his place at the Premier League giants, but agreed to a temporary move to Serie A in the end

AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has that revealed Marco van Ginkel initially wanted to stay at Chelsea before eventually accepting a loan move to the Serie A outfit.

The Dutchman was keen to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge, but agreed to a temporary transfer after speaking with Nigel de Jong and Fernando Torres.

"Van Ginkel initially resisted our advances. At a certain point we set him an ultimatum, but then I realised he wouldn't join us like that and I told him that I was joking," Galliani told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"It was not that he did not want to join Milan, but he is a huge talent and he thought that he could become a starter at Chelsea.

"However, Jose Mourinho, who is a great coach, thought that playing for Milan after eight months on the sidelines due to injury would be best for him.

"We convinced him by using two players: De Jong spoke to him and then Fernando Torres as well. Eventually, he agreed to a move."

The 21-year-old could make his official Milan debut in the Serie A match against Parma on September 14 after the international break is over.