Ajax director Marc Overmars has claimed that Marco van Ginkel was desperate to join Ajax in the summer, but Chelsea blocked the move.

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van ginkel fThe Amsterdam club were willing to pay millions to Vitesse to sign the youngster earlier in the summer, but the Arnhem club were unwilling to sell to a rival.

Chelsea then used their relationship with Vitesse to snap up the midfielder for €7 million, with coach Jose Mourinho personally phoning Van Ginkel in an attempt to convince him of first team action.

However with Van Ginkel hardly playing at the start of the season, and Ajax losing Christian Eriksen to Tottenham, the Eredivisie champions then made an attempt to loan the 20 year old.

Chelsea rejected the offer, but Ajax director Marc Overmars has now claimed that the midfielder was desperate to return to Netherlands.

Overmars told Dutch paper De Telegraaf, “He made no mistake, because he really wanted to come to Ajax, but Chelsea did not let him.”

“Would it have been better for his development to go to Ajax? Yes, 1000 per cent. We tried to get him on loan in this transfer window but unfortunately Chelsea would not let him go.”

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