Chelsea midfielder hasn’t given up on playing for Chelsea

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Marco van Ginkel has resumed training after a lengthy spell away from football due to an injury he suffered 18 months ago.

Even before this last injury, Van Ginkel has had injury concerns and has had to go out on loan spells at AC Milan, PSV and Stoke City.

The 27-year-old hasn’t given up hopes of playing for Chelsea as he now looks to get back to full fitness.

When asked if he could return to fight for a place in Frank Lampard’s squad in the near future, Van Ginkel responded: “You have to ask Lampard. Chelsea has an option to lengthen my contract for two years. I have to wait and see. My primary focus is to get fit again, and then we’ll see what happens.”

He added on whether he still sees himself as a Chelsea player: “Yes, I do. I walk around the club facilities every day, with all the players.

“And when you’ve been around as long as I have, you know all the physios, doctors, everyone.”

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