Hakim Ziyech reveals that playing under Frank Lampard was an ‘important’ factor in the decision to join Chelsea
“It means a lot to me … I can’t wait to play!” Hakim Ziyech reveals that playing under Frank Lampard was an ‘important’ factor in his decision to join Chelsea … as the winger meets his new teammates after a collision in Norwich at Stamford Bridge
- Hakim Ziyech stood in the stands for Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Norwich City
- The Moroccan winger met his new teammates after the game on the Bridge
- Ziyech talked about his excitement when playing for a ‘big club’ like Chelsea
- In February, agreement was reached on a £ 37.8 million move between Chelsea and Ajax for Ziyech
Hakim Ziyech has spoken of his excitement after completing his move to Chelsea and meeting his teammates for the first time.
The Moroccan winger has had to wait five months to join the Blues after a £ 37.8 million switch from Ajax was agreed in February and was in the stands to watch the 1-0 win over Norwich on Tuesday-evening.
The 27-year-old now trains in London before he is available for the start of next season and revealed the importance of Frank Lampard’s presence as a manager in his decision to move to West London.
Hakim Ziyech first attended Stamford Bridge as a Chelsea player on Tuesday
Ziyech met new teammate Ross Barkley in the locker rooms after Tuesday night’s game
The 27-year-old also spoke to American winger Christian Pulisic after seeing him in action
‘It [Chelsea manager Lampard] was of course important to my decision, “Ziyech told the official club website.
“I always said I like the style of football he uses now. it was a big decision for me to come to Chelsea.
‘I would like to play as I have done at Ajax for the past two to three years, with the same style, hopefully they will [Chelsea fans] to enjoy.’
Ziyech, who was a key part of the Ajax squad that reached the Champions League semi-finals last season, said he was also inspired to join a ‘big club’ like Chelsea, where he played a large number of club legends, including the new boss Lampard. .
“As a young boy, you always want to play for a big club, of course in the Premier League,” he added.
“When I was young, the players who played here, it was always a big club, so I am very happy and it means a lot.
‘I played in Heerenveen in the youth and here Drogba, Lampard, Terry played all those big names. We’ve always been for Chelsea, and if you look now, if you can play here, that means a lot to me. ‘
Ziyech played and scored for Ajax at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League in November
This season for Ajax, Ziyech scored eight goals and collected 21 assists in all competitions, and will face Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek for a starting place in the following season.
However, he doesn’t have to worry about the competition from Pedro and Willian, with both wingers out of contract at the end of the season – the former has already agreed terms with Roma, while Willian is unlikely to extend his stay.
Ziyech actually already scored on Stamford Bridge and scored a memorable goal directly from a free kick in an entertaining 4-4 draw between Chelsea and Ajax in the Champions League in November.