Dutchman should finalise his £8m move next week.
New Chelsea signing Marco van Ginkel has been told by Blues head coach Jose Mourinho that he will succeed veteran midfield player Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge over the course of the next 18 months, reports the Daily Mirror.
The exciting young Netherlands international only arrived in west London on Thursday from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem for a fee of just £8 million, subject to the player passing his medical at Cobham and agreeing personal terms with the Blues next week.
However, before agreeing to sign for Chelsea the 20-year-old was given assurances from Mourinho about the Portuguese’s plans for the attacking midfield player at the Bridge next season and beyond, with van Ginkel told by the ‘Special One’ that he would slowly be broken into the Blues first team in the 2013/14 campaign, with a view to eventually replacing Lampard in the centre of the park thereafter.
In four seasons in the Eredivisie, Van Ginkel netted 18 goals in his 93 appearances for Vitesse.