Sunday, June 24, 2018

Van Ginkel refuses to rule out summer move; Juve play down rumours

Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel has refused to rule out a summer move away from the GelreDome.

Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel has refused to rule out a summer move away from the GelreDome amid reported interest from Dutch Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven, Sky Sports understands.

Van Ginkel, 20, has also been linked with English Premier League side Norwich City and Italian Serie A giants FC Internazionale Milano following an impressive campaign at Vitesse.

Recent reports in Holland have suggested that the 20-year-old could be a potential replacement for Ajax captain fantastic Siem de Jong, who is set to leave the Amsterdam Arena at the end of the season.

Van Ginkel remains uncertain where he will play his football next season, but did admit that his decision would be facilitated if his destination was Old Trafford, and rightfully so.

“I will not necessarily leave, but you never know what will happen,” he told De Telegraaf.

“We saw last year with Alexander Buttner, If suddenly Manchester United are at the door, it’s a different story.”

Staying at Vitesse would essentially guarantee Van Ginkel regular first-team football, and he knows it.

“I think clubs like Ajax and PSV are beyond us. Those are bigger clubs, almost each year they play in the Champions League,” added the Holland international.

“But if you’re young, it is important to get minutes on the pitch and I can here.”

Van Ginkel has scored eight goals in 31 appearances for Vitesse Arnhem this season.

Juve play down rumours

Juventus CEO and director general Beppe Marotta has played down reports linking the Italian champions with Arjen Robben and Alexis Sanchez, according to ESPN FC.

Robben, 29, is rumoured to be heading for the exits following the announcement that Borussia Dortmund ace Mario Gotze will be arriving at the Allianz Arena for a transfer fee of €37 million in the summer.

The Holland international winger has bagged 10 goals and nine assists in just 25 appearances across all competitions for the Bavarian giants this season.

Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes has largely preferred Germany international Thomas Muller — who has tallied 19 goals and 13 assists in 40 competitive appearances this term — to the Dutchman.

At the same time, FC Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez — who joined the Catalan side from Udinese Calcio for a fee of €26 million in July 2011 — has struggled to keep a regular first-team place at the Camp Nou, having started just 15 leagues matches in 2012-13.

“They are two very good players. Robben is playing with great authority and with great ability in a club that is certainly the best in Europe at this time,” Marotta told Sky Italia.

“Meanwhile, Sanchez is at Barcelona and he cost them an extremely large fee and I think he’ll remain there. I’m glad that there are these links, but I really do not have anything else to say about them apart from the fact that I admire these two talents.”


Shawn Etemadi



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