Michael Van Gerwen claims that even when he isn’t participating in events, people love talking about him. Van Gerwen is currently participating in the Premier League Darts hoping to claim a sixth title. He failed to make the playoffs last year and suffered a whitewash against Dave Chisnall at the World Championships. His miserable year was capped off with the loss of his number one ranking when Gerwyn Price went on to win the World Championships.
“After the world championship it’s the most important [tournament] I think, but ranking-wise for me if I had to choose, I’d rather win a ranking event,” Van Gerwen said. “I want to be back to number one in the world, it’s as simple as that.”
Van Gerwen opens his bid to win a sixth title against debutant Dimitri Van den Bergh behind closed doors at Milton Keynes. Van Gerwen has not made a splash yet in 2021 but is adamant about retaining his number one ranking as soon as possible.
“They love to talk about me. No one admits it but they all know and they won’t admit it, and I know for a fact, I’m their biggest threat,” he added. “When I’m 100 per cent on form, they love to talk about me, they love to say little things, but it’s really easy to say that when I’m not there. People start to realise I wasn’t there and people are talking about me. It’s quite weird.”