Marco van Ginkel has revealed that he had very little choice but to leave Chelsea over the summer for a season at AC Milan.
The Dutch midfielder only joined the Blues from Vitesse Arnhem last year, but saw his debut season in London cut short by a cruel knee injury just a few months into his time at the club.
After rehabilitation and recovery, the 21-year-old was expected to be given a chance to impress by Jose Mourinho this term, but the Portuguese coach left the youngster out of his Champions League squad.
And Van Ginkel has confessed that the decision forced him away from Stamford Bridge:
“Milan were interested in me for a long time and they wanted to buy me from Chelsea, they followed me when I played at Vitesse and during the European Under-21 Championships, I think when we played against Italy,” he is quoted by the Daily Star.
“Of course I already knew De Jong, Essien and Torres and this made things a little easier.
“Chelsea? I have not been put on the Champions League list, whilst there are also many foreigners in the squad, so someone had to leave.”
Although there is plenty of competition for a starting spot at Chelsea, Van Ginkel is expected to return to the club in 2015.
The former Eredivisie ace is one of 26 players away from the west London outfit on loan.