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Marco van Ginkel: What Filippo Inzaghi expects from me


Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel says he can be an asset for manager Filippo Inzaghi in the Milan midfield.

The youngster, on loan from Chelsea, joined the Rossoneri to enjoy regular first-team football at Milan and will be looking to impress when given the opportunity.

"I'm a box-to-box midfielder, I can attack but help defensively if required," van Ginkel told Milan Channel.

"[With manager Inzaghi] we spoke about what he expects from me.

"I can't speak Italian and his English is not very good but with the help of translators we understood each other.

"He basically said what my job will be on the pitch, the rest is a secret between the two of us."

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said last month that he would have preferred to see the 21-year-old join Internazionale but also that Milan will be an important step in the youngster's career.

"I know he [Mourinho] coached Internazionale, Milan's rivals, but this is no longer important, he's at Chelsea now," added van Ginkel.

"Jose wanted me to play on a regular basis and he advised me to join Milan, a big club and a not-to-miss opportunity.

"My idols? Tough question, I used to watch [Frank] Lampard and [Steven] Gerrard when I was younger, but I'm a professional now.

"I played alongside Frankie and I understood there's not much difference between us."

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