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Van Ginkel targets first-team impact

Chelsea new-boy Marco van Ginkel has vowed to prove himself in Jose Mourinho's first team after sealing his move from Vitesse Arnhem.

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Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has questioned whether Van Ginkel will play regularly for the Blues, and there has been an expectation that he will be eased into Premier League life gradually.

However, he is said to have sought assurances from Blues boss Jose Mourinho over his prospects of regular football prior to making the move, and the 20-year-old does not seem ready to settle for a place as a back-up performer in his debut campaign.

"I want to play games and not only sit on the bench - that's what I hope for," he told Chelsea's official 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. I'm very happy to be here at such a nice club with great players. 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."

Van Ginkel admitted he will be "a little bit nervous" when he meets up with Chelsea's star names at the club's Cobham training base for the first time, yet he has his sights set on making a big impression in the Premier League and forcing his way into Louis van Gaal's Netherlands squad for next summer's World Cup finals.

"Everybody wants to go to Brazil," he added. "You have to play - that's what 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."


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