Marco van Ginkel: Jose Mourinho calls convinced me to join Chelsea

Marco van Ginkel has revealed that a personal phone call from Jose Mourinho helped to convince him to join Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho was officially unveiled at Chelsea last month Photo: The Sport Review

Marco van Ginkel has revealed that a number of personal phone calls from Jose Mourinho helped to convince him to join Chelsea this summer.

The 20-year-old signed a five-year contract with the Blues on Friday following weeks over speculation linking him with a transfer to Stamford Bridge.

And the Netherlands international, who made 33 Eredivisie appearances last season and scored eight goals as Vitesse Arnhem finished fourth, revealed that he spoke to the Portuguese coach before finalising his move to west London.

“It [pre-season training] will be the first time I meet him in person,” Van Ginkel told Algemeen Dagblad.

“We spoke a few times on the phone. That was important. It’s good to hear that a coach really wants you. That convinced me.

“The story around Chelsea was around for a longer period. But in the last few days it became really concrete.”

He added: “Playing with players like Frank Lampard and John Terry will be a huge thing.

“I played three years at Vitesse, but the Premier League is very good, and I will enjoy playing with these players with this experience.”

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