Tuesday, 1st January, 2013
Marko Marin insists he is not concerned about the lack of playing time he has had at Chelsea since joining the English club in the summer from Werder Bremen.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has played just 107 minutes of first team football for the Blues – 22 minutes in the Premier League, 81 minutes in the League Cup and four minutes in the FIFA Club World Cup.
But he has faith that Chelsea have signed him with the long term in mind – and so for the Germany international, there is no need to worry just yet.
"I signed for five years", Marin told German sports magazine Kicker, when asked about his lack of playing time.
"After five months, which were unfortunately three with an injury, there is no reason to question everything.
"There certainly could have been more [minutes on the pitch], but many factors have played a role."
And Marin stressed that Chelsea, in his view, have faith in him and his ability.
"Chelsea believe in me and have clear ideas for the future that involve me."
Marin will surely be hoping to feature more for Rafael Benitez’s men during the second half of the season.
He is nevertheless on a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge, which runs until 2017.
The midfielder’s lack of playing time has been noted in Germany though, with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach having been linked with making a bid for his services.
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