Ajax boss Erik Ten-Hag is in no doubt that Hakim Ziyech will be a star at Chelsea – but has conceded the Morocco international can be a ‘nightmare’ in training.
The 27-year-old sealed a £33million switch to Stamford Bridge in April and will join up with Frank Lampard’s squad in July.
The Blues are wasting no time in the transfer market and have also sealed a £47.5m for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner as Lampard looks to form a new look attack ahead of next season.
And despite conceding Ziyech can be a bit of a nightmare on the training ground, he believes that’s what makes him footballer he is.
“Sometimes he is a trainer’s nightmare, but you have to give him space,” said Ten Hag. “Hakim is “what you see is what you get. You see what his emotions are doing to him today.
“It is an emotional day for Hakim, but I hope he looks back on it in a good way.
“He comes in as a big man at Chelsea, a top club in Europe. That is the example for the younger players here.
“First become the best here, win titles and then take the step.
“He is a character, headstrong. But that also makes him brilliant. He sees things that others don’t see.”
Ziyech bid farewell to his Ajax teammates at the weekend and was named as the Player of the Year in his final season at the club.
He has scored 49 goals in 165 games for the club and expressed his sadness at saying his final goodbyes to his teammates at the weekend.
“It feels strange, but the realisation is now that it is really the last time,” he said.
“I have always felt at home here. The championship, the cup win, but also the little things and the humour on the training field.
“I’m going to miss it all. And the boys, they are not really team-mates anymore, but friends.”
Chelsea have won three out of three matches since football’s resumption, beating Aston Villa and Manchester City in the Premier League whilst securing a 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final victory over Leicester on Sunday.
Published at Mon, 29 Jun 2020 17:00:37 +0000