Marco van Ginkel extended his expiring contract with Chelsea for one year on Friday, with an option for an extra season. The midfielder enters his eighth year as a player of the English top club.

27-year-old Van Ginkel made the switch from Vitesse to Chelsea in the summer of 2013, which he rented out to AC Milan, Stoke City and PSV in the years that followed. In Eindhoven he became champion twice in periods of half and a year and a half.

Due to a serious knee injury, the last game of Van Ginkel dates from May 6, 2018 in the shirt of PSV. Two months later, he underwent surgery and resumed training late last year.

"As it stands now, I'll be joining Chelsea's Under 23 team in July. At the same time, we're looking into any rental options. I'm really looking forward to getting back to work," said Van Ginkel on the site of management agency Wasserman.

The Amersfoorter is one of the players with the longest contract with Chelsea. "Captain César Azpilicueta and Lucas Piazon were there before me, but otherwise I won't get to teammates who have been with the club for a long time. Yes, you can say that that is special."

Van Ginkel made his debut for the Orange squad on November 14, 2012 as a player of Vitesse in a friendly game with Germany. The counter is on eight international matches.

Marco van Ginkel became champion twice with PSV. (Photo: Pro Shots)