Van Gerwen vows return to World Number One spot: "I'll be back, don't worry"
Van Gerwen said that while Price deserves his ascent to the top that he will be back and challenging for that spot as well as admitting it is among his top priorities.
“I think I started improving my form over the last few months. I thought I played an alright World Championship but Dave Chisnall played a game of his life he never played on television," said Van Gerwen to PDC.
“But that also counts for other players like Joe Cullen, my first and second game as well, they all played really well.
“Things like that happen in any kind of sport. Sometimes you have to accept it but don’t keep accepting it. You need to work hard and if you do that you are going to reach your targets. That’s what you need to keep aiming for. I always will do.
“It’s not nice not being No.1 anymore but if I had to pick out someone who deserves it, I think it was Gerwyn Price at the moment. But I’ll be back, don’t worry.
“Of course you always need to have challenges it doesn’t change anything for me at the moment.
“I need to make sure I get that No.1 spot back. I will do I know that for sure. But you need to make sure you’ve got the right focus and right mindset.
“I hope the corona situation can get out of the way quick enough for me. We all want to get back to normal as quick as possible. First everyone needs to try and get a vaccine. I’m a little bit more positive now.”