Marco van Ginkel
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|Marco van Ginkel|
|Full Name|| Wulfert Cornelius|
|Date of Birth||1 December 1992|
|Place of Birth||Amersfoort, Netherlands|
|Chelsea career||2013 – 2021|
|Debut||18 August 2013|
|Games (goals)||4 (0)|
|Other clubs|| Vitesse|
Stoke City (loan)
Wulfert Cornelius "Marco" van Ginkel (born 1 December 1992) is a Dutch international midfielder who joined Chelsea from Vitesse in July 2013. A self-described "box-to-box" midfielder,  van Ginkel was signed for a reported fee of around £8m. 
Van Ginkel joined Vitesse as a seven-year-old in 1999, and progressed through the youth ranks before making his Eredivisie debut at the age of just 17; the first of four appearances towards the end of the 2009-10 season. He scored his first goal for the club on the opening day of the 2010-11 season, in a 4-2 defeat to Ajax, and was a first team regular over the course of the season, making 28 appearances in all competitions and scoring five goals. During the 2011-12 season he cemented his place in the side, making 38 appearances and contributing six goals. By now a fixture in the starting line-up, the 2012-13 season would prove even more productive for the young midfielder, his 8 league goals helping Vitesse to a fourth-place finish; their highest since 1998. Van Ginkel won the Dutch Talent of the Year award for his performances, which had generated interest from bigger clubs, notably Ajax and Chelsea. The Blues' co-operation agreement with Vitesse, which had seen young Chelsea players being loaned to the Arnhem club, gave Chelsea the edge in negotiations and Ajax dropped out of the race. 
On Friday 5 July 2013 van Ginkel's move to Stamford Bridge was confirmed, returning manager José Mourinho having assured the young midfielder that he was in his plans for the first team.  Van Ginkel joined for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £8m. 
He made his debut on the opening day of the 2013-14 season, coming on as a substitute in a 2-0 win against Hull City. He started his first match for the Blues in a UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel, but in his second start in late September he sustained a serious injury just a few minutes in to a League Cup match against Swindon Town. It was later confirmed that the young midfielder had torn his anterior cruciate ligament and would be out for at least six months, but perhaps for as long as nine.
He joined Milan for the 2014-15 season with the primary aim of working his way back to full match fitness. After a slow start he achieved that, becoming a regular for the struggling Rossoneri towards the end of the campaign.
On July 10th 2015 it was announced that Marco would play on loan for Stoke City for the 2015-16 season. He struggled to assert himself under Mark Hughes in the first half of the season and the January signing of Gianelli Imbula saw him swap the red and white stripes of the Potters for those of PSV back in the Eredivisie. It was an inspired move as he featured for a team that made it to the last eight of the Champions League whilst also scoring eight times in thirteen league games to help his new club to a second league title in succession. Remaining in Eindhoven throughout 2016-17 and 2017-18, another serious injury meant he was unable to retain the Eredivisie title, but did lead them to glory in 2018 as captain, scoring 16 goals in 33 appearances including a club record nine penalties.
An operation that summer was set to rule him out for six months but, as complications set in, it would be just under three years until he played again. Then, as before, it was with PSV, where he completed his comeback before being released by Chelsea in June 2021.
Van Ginkel represented his country at Under-19 and Under-21 level, and made his senior debut on 14 November 2012, coming on as a late substitute in a friendly against Germany. In May 2013 he returned to the Under-21 side, representing his country in the UEFA U21 Championship in Israel and, owing to his PSV form, returned to the full national team in 2016.
|Season||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|2015-16||Stoke City (loan)||17||0||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||21||0|
- 2015-16 Eredivisie (PSV)
- 2017-18 Eredivisie (PSV)
|1 Kepa • 2 Rüdiger • 3 Alonso • 4 Christensen • 5 Jorginho • 5 Thiago Silva • 7 Kanté|
• 8 Barkley • 9 Abraham • 10 Pulisic • 11 Werner • 12 Loftus-Cheek • 13 Caballero
• 15 Zouma • 16 Mendy • 17 Kovacic • 19 Mount • 20 Hudson-Odoi
• 12 Chilwell • 22 Ziyech • 24 James • 28 Azpilicueta • 29 Havertz • 33 Emerson• 55 Anjorin
Manager: Thomas Tuchel