CEO at a major Italian club has confirmed that the young and talented chelsea midfielder wanted to stay at Chelsea, and had resisted the move, but was convinced by Jose Mourinho to go out on a loan.
AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has been quoted by ClubCall saying:
“Van Ginkel initially resisted our advances. At a certain point we set him an ultimatum, but then I realised he wouldn’t join us like that, and I told him that I was joking,” Galliani told La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
“It was not that he did not want to join Milan, but he is a huge talent, and he thought that he could become a starter at Chelsea.
“However, Jose Mourinho, who is a great coach, thought that playing for Milan after eight months on the sidelines due to injury would be best for him.
“We convinced him by using two players: De Jong spoke to him and then Fernando Torres as well. Eventually, he agreed to move.”
The 21-year-old could make his official Milan debut in the Serie A match against Parma on September 14 after the international break is over.