Hakim Ziyech may be forced to leave Chelsea by Thomas Tuchel because the coach is leaning towards a preference of Kai Havertz, according to reports.
Ziyech was one of a number of high-profile signings Chelsea brought in last summer. The attacking midfielder arrived from Ajax for a fee of €40m.
He showed initial promise but has lost his way since, with injuries not helping his case.
Tuchel’s appointment as head coach in January has not helped Ziyech’s situation. The Moroccan has made just three Premier League starts under his new boss.
Alarmingly, Ziyech remains without a goal for Chelsea since October. They would have been hoping for more from their summer investment.
Hence, rumours are already appearing suggesting that Chelsea could cut their losses on the playmaker when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season.
That speculation has now been backed up by Voetbal International, who claim that a promising display from Havertz against Everton “does not seem to bode well” for Ziyech.
According to the website, Chelsea are more likely to put their faith in Havertz than Ziyech. That’s because the former cost around twice as much as the latter.
Therefore, there is more pressure for Chelsea to get some reward for that investment. His performance as a false nine against Everton showed that he still has the potential to be successful with them.
On the other hand, Ziyech was an unused substitute. Given that he is competing for a similar position to Havertz, it seems his chances of making an impression by the end of the season are growing slimmer.
Where could Ziyech go?
There is a chance, then, that Ziyech could leave Chelsea after just one season.
If he were to leave, then Spain seems a likely destination. Reports have already hinted at interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
But Atletico Madrid – who look like they have a chance of beating La Liga’s biggest duo to the title this season – are also a potential suitor.
Ziyech remains under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2025.
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