A Chelsea summer recruit struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League will seek urgent talks with Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia, according to a report.
Chelsea made the shock decision to axe club legend Frank Lampard in January.
Lampard had been given almost a quarter of a billion to spend in the summer transfer window. Despite an influx of world class players, the results produced did not live up to expectation.
Former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was drafted in as his replacement and so far, the German has steadied the ship.
Unbeaten in his first five matches, Chelsea have thrust themselves back into contention for the Champions League places.
One player who has become a peripheral figure as of late, however, is Hakim Ziyech
The Moroccan, 27, arrived for £37m to much fanfare owing to his reputation as an assist king while with Ajax.
The step up from Dutch football has proved troublesome. Just one goal and three assists have been registered in sporadic playing time in the league this term.
Ziyech was handed a start in Tuchel’s first match versus Wolves. However, since then, not a single minute of league action has been forthcoming.
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They state that the playmaker is ‘keen to meet with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia’ as rumours of his unhappiness begin to surface.
Ziyech is said to ‘want to leave’ after believing he ‘doesn’t feel a part of the plan under Tuchel’.
Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan are said to be ‘monitoring the situation’ closely.
Tuchel aiming to solve slow Havertz start
Meanwhile, Tuchel has called for patience to help Kai Havertz realise his rich potential at Chelsea.
The £71million recruit has had to battle Covid-19 and a number of minor injuries since his summer Bayer Leverkusen switch, and is yet to display his full attacking capabilities in English football.
Havertz has a niggle that could yet keep him out of Monday night’s Stamford Bridge clash with Newcastle.
The 21-year-old is yet to live up to his hefty summer price tag, but boss Tuchel insisted that is of no concern as long as Chelsea steer him back to his best.
“It takes time and there is no short answer – if there was then I would go and talk to him to bring out his full potential,” said Tuchel.