“I am delighted and proud to have signed up for a club as big as Chelsea,” says Ziyech
By Joe Shread
Last update: 23/02/20 21:18
Hakim Ziyech signed a five-year deal with Chelsea before his move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Blues announced earlier this month that they had signed a £ 33.3 million deal with Ajax to sign the 26-year-old attacking midfielder at the end of the season, provided he accepted personal terms.
Ziyech has now accepted these terms and said on the Chelsea website: “I am delighted and proud to have signed up for a club as big as Chelsea. I can’t wait for next season to come and I hope we can achieve great results together. “.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia admitted that Ziyech was a “key target” for the Blues in January. The move wasn’t completed last month as Ajax was unwilling to lose an important player mid-season.
Granovskaia said on the Chelsea website: “We are delighted that Hakim will join us in the summer, having been a key target of the club in the latter window.
“He has consistently been one of the most dangerous attack players in Europe in recent years, which we have seen firsthand in our two games against Ajax in the Champions League.
“We wish Hakim and Ajax all the best for the rest of the season and look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.”
Ziyech has eight goals and 21 assists in 32 games for Ajax this season, helping the club reach Eredivisie.
Van der Kraan: Ziyech will be a hit at Chelsea
Leading Dutch soccer journalist Marcel van der Kraan insists that Ayax will miss Ziyech a lot and the Moroccan will no doubt thrive on a Chelsea shirt.
“It is vital for that team (Ajax). In some games it absolutely overturned the stadium,” said Van der Kraan Sky Sports News.
“His skills and technique are brilliant. His left foot is fantastic. He scored crack goals, [supplied] great help his figures speak for themselves.
“I’m sure he will continue to do so in Stamford Bridge.”
Because it makes sense for Chelsea to sign Ziyech
Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol offers his insight into Chelsea’s pursuit of Ziyech, as well as an update on the rest of the club’s transfer transactions …
Hakim Ziyech at Chelsea makes sense.
Frank Lampard recently talked about signing a long-term replacement for Eden Hazard. Ziyech is not as good as Hazard but he is getting there.
He was one of the best players on the pitch when Ajax drew 4-4 at Stamford Bridge in November and made two captivating shows in the Champions League semi-finals against Tottenham last season.
Ajax are used to selling their best players and Ziyech was always likely to leave this summer.
Chelsea have targeted large players because Pedro and Willian are out of contract this summer.
We do not rule out that Jadon Sancho also moved to Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Lampard has up to £ 150 million to spend, but clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United also want Sancho.
Now it will be interesting to see if Chelsea make a move for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana. He wants to move to the Premier League and there are question marks about Kepa’s future in Stamford Bridge.
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