Patrick Van Aanholt is hoping a new manager will change his fortunes at the Bridge.
Chelsea defender Patrick Van Aanholt believes the introduction of a new manager at Stamford Bridge, thought to be Jose Mourinho, will be his key to success at the club.
Van Aanholt is now 22, after spending time on loan at five different clubs since he made his professional debut in 2009 – including Coventry City, Newcastle, Leicester City and Wigan.
This season the young Dutchman has been playing back in his home nation for Vitesse Arnhem, making 10 appearances for the Eredivisie side and scoring two goals.
The defender has played just two games for his parent club however, both back in 2009 and since then has failed to pull on a Chelsea shirt for over four years.
Yet the imminent arrival of Mourinho, expected to be announced in the next few weeks, will signal the end of his time on the sidelines for the Blues, hopes Van Aanholt.
“I have to be there on July 1 and then we have to wait. It depends whether the new coach believes in my qualities,” the full-back was quoted on Sky Sports.
“I have had a good season and just have to wait and see. A new coach, new chances.”
Van Aanholt will face competition from both Ashley Cole and fellow youngster Ryan Bertrand for the left-back position though, both of whom are ahead of the Dutch youth player in line for the spot.
It’s hard to believe that Mourinho will be able to give Van Aanholt any more opportunities than a few League Cup outings however, but if he remains positive the defender may be able to convince the Portuguese boss otherwise.