Marin keen to fight for Chelsea place

Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin has rejected speculation that he could make a loan return to the Bundesliga in the transfer window, insisting that he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for his place in the team, Sky Sports has reported.

Marin moved to Chelsea from Werder Bremen last summer but has struggled to make an impact with his new club, held back by a combination of injury and the overabundance of attacking midfielders also at the club. Marin was signed before Eden Hazard and Oscar moved to West London, and also has to contend with Juan Mata for a place in the XI.

Sky Sports notes that there has been interest in Germany in bringing Marin back to his native country on a temporary basis but the 23-year-old would prefer to remain in England, particularly since he signed a long-term contract with Chelsea and wants to see it through.

Marin said: “ “I signed a five-year deal at Chelsea, so there is no reason to put that into question after just five months here. I have also been out injured for three months. Of course I would love to play more minutes, but there are quite a few factors why I have been unable to do so.

Rafa Benitez is a good manager and the club have put their trust in me and I have a clear idea about my future role.

The Germany international added that he would be open to a loan move in theory, but not one that takes him back to Germany: “I could imagine a loan deal. It could be an ideal option to get me playing more regularly and help me with my general development, but I think at this time it is out of the question and I won’t be heading back to the Bundesliga.”

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