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Marco van Ginkel: de Jong and Torres convinced me to join


Milan midfielder Marco van Ginkel says fellow Dutchman Nigel de Jong played an important role in his decision to join the Rossoneri.

The 21-year-old joined Milan during the summer transfer window on a season-long deal and is determined to secure a regular place in Filippo Inzaghi's team.

"I'm happy at Milanello, I'm training well and underwent a number of tests at the Milan Lab," van Ginkel told Milan Channel.

"I'm really happy, this is a great club with very nice people and great players."

The youngster revealed he was in touch with Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong and on-loan Chelsea striker Fernando Torres before signing the contract.

"[Nigel] de Jong called me often, and told me about Milan's desire to add me to their midfield," added the midfielder.

"Fernando [Torres] did the same, he kept saying that I should accept the offer.

"It was not easy to play regularly at Chelsea after the injury [sidelined for six months last season after undergoing knee surgery] and Nigel convinced me to come here to enjoy regular football."

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