'Competition makes you better' says Chelsea's young playmaker

Marco Van Ginkel

The young Blues midfielder proves the point to Romelu Lukaku that battling your teammates for minutes on the pitch isn't always a negative.

Amidst the disappointment in Chelsea's decision to let Romelu Lukaku move to Everton this week, comes several young Blues players showing the Belgian striker how to knuckle down and earn a spot at the London giants.

Lukaku's countryman Thibaut Courtois earlier said that he wished Chelsea great Petr Cech would remain at the club as he would be a huge help to the former Atletico Madrid loanee's growth as a footballer - and it is pretty clear that he would have made that comment with the knowledge that the Czech stopper would likely keep him on the sidelines on occasions were he to stay.

And now former Vitesse Arnhem star Marco van Ginkel has stated that despite the big name stars blocking his route to a regular first team spot, that rivalry will only make each of them a better player.

The young promising Dutch midfielder saw limited opportunities as Stamford Bridge last season, mainly on account of a damaged cruciate ligament early on in his debut season at the Blues.

But despite struggling back to fitness, the 21-year-old isn't thrown by the arrival of Cesc Fabregas to replace Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

"Lampard left so he [Fabregas] came in. Competition isn't a problem for me, as it makes you better."

This is the attitude that is sure to stand Van Ginkel in good stead in the long run, and the Dutch star, who missed out on his country's World Cup campaign on the back of his knee injury, could yet come into the Chelsea team in a supporting role in the upcoming season, ahead of forging a name for himself in West London.

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