The Dutch midfielder was an early-summer arrival at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea acquiring his potential from Vitesse Arnhem.
The 20-year-old was always drafted in with one eye on the future, but he would have hoped to make his mark early and nail down a regular place in Jose Mourinho's plans.
Van Ginkel has, however, seen Chelsea pack their squad with creative options in the middle of the park, which has restricted him to two substitute outings in the Premier League.
Unless he can nail down a starting berth, the Holland U21 skipper appreciates that there is no point setting his sights on a senior squad place at Brazil 2014.
He told Voetbalprimeur.nl: "I'm not really thinking about it. Maybe after the winter I will do more, but for now I am concentrating on Chelsea and the U21s."
Pressed on whether he expected to get more game time at Chelsea, he added: "That has been indicated to me. I will get minutes. From the conversations I have had, they are coming.
"In my position, in the middle, there are four or five candidates at Chelsea. There is great competition, but you expect that at a top club."
Van Ginkel has also acknowledged that he cannot expect national coach Louis van Gaal to consider him if he is not playing at domestic level.
He said: "That's the situation. It is the policy of Van Gaal that you need to play if you are to be selected for the Dutch national team. That's why I won't just sit here."
"Van Ginkel has, however, seen Chelsea pack their squad with creative options in the middle of the park" - this is just wrong. Not one of Chelsea's summer signings play in the same area as MVG. He's a direct replacement for Lampard in the '2' of a 4-2-3-1 not Juan Mata/Oscar in centre of the '3' in the same formation as many seem to be making out. He actually plays in a position of comparative weakness in the squad in terms of depth and is firmly in the champion's league squad ahead of the likes of Michael Essien. Chelsea have signed 2 wingers and a Goalkeeper in addition to him this window so quite how they have "packed their squad with creative options in the middle of the park" I'm not quite sure. Even the recall of Kevin De Bruyne (who you could be alluding to), plays in a more advanced role and usually on a wing. I understand that it fits with the F365 wet dream narrative of Chelsea overspending, buying up all the young talent and then not using them, but in this instance that is just incorrect. Chelsea have played 3 league games so far of 38 and Van Ginkel has featured twice. He is 20 years old, a new signing and competing for a starting berth with the club's all time top scorer and he will get minutes. There is no story.- NJW1