Chelsea Transfer News Latest: Marco Van Ginkel Relishing Blues Opportunity After Sealing Move to Stamford Bridge

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Jul 05, 2013 11:51 PM EDT
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Netherlands midfielder Marco Van Ginkel and Germany midfielder Sebastian Rode battle for possession in their UEFA European U-21 Championships game, June 6"


Marco Van Ginkel is relishing the opportunity to make an impression at Chelsea, after the Blues completed the signing of the 20-year-old midfielder.

Chelsea had announced a couple of days earlier they had agreed a fee with Vitesse, with Van Ginkel now putting pen to paper on a five-year deal after successfully completing a medical.

"I'm very happy to be here at such a nice club with great players," Van Ginkel told the club's official website. "I am really happy, the stadium is good and the training ground is fantastic.

"I know about all the players and will meet them on Monday. I expect a lot, I've watched matches and it's really nice to be here."

Van Ginkel said he was flattered that a manager of Jose Mourinho's stature wanted him at the club. "I spoke with the manager and he had some good words for me," the Dutch international said. If a trainer like this says these things to you it makes you really proud and I am happy to work with him.

"I want to learn a lot, to develop myself. I want to play games and not only sit on the bench, that's what I hope for, 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."

Following the signing of Van Ginkel, many have wondered just what kind of player he is - suggestions have been he is seen as the long-term replacement for Frank Lampard.

"I am a box-to-box player," Van Ginkel said when asked to describe his playing style. "I cover a lot of meters and can score a goal, but I also like to defend and think of myself as a real team player."

With preseason slowly getting into full swing, Van Ginkel cannot wait to train alongside the likes of Lampard and John Terry.

"I look forward to it a lot," he added. "It's not scary, but I will be a little bit nervous maybe. Playing with players like Frank Lampard and John Terry will be a huge thing.

"I played three years at Vitesse, but the Premier League is very good, and I will enjoy playing with these players with this experience."

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