Hakim Ziyech will leave Chelsea this summer just a year after sealing his high-profile transfer to Stamford Bridge, according to one commentator.
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.
Thomas Tuchel’s appointment as head coach in January has not helped Ziyech’s situation. The Moroccan has made just four Premier League starts under his new boss. Indeed, Tuchel has preferred to play the likes of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.
It comes as no surprise then to see speculation increasing that Ziyech will be shown the door. And according to former Holland international Rene van der Gijp, Tuchel simply does not fancy Ziyech.
Furthermore, he hinted that Ziyech will only have signed in the first place to play under Frank Lampard – the man who convinced him to move to Stamford Bridge.
“It was a good choice when Lampard was coach”, he told Veronica Inside.
“He was very enthusiastic about him. Then another trainer arrives, and he wants to play a different game.
“He wants to have runners in midfield instead of people like Ziyech.
“Then you have a problem… So it’s best for him to leave.”
La Liga interest in Ziyech
If Ziyech 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.
Indeed, transfer expert Ian McGarry recently claimed Chelsea had already circulated Ziyech’s name to potential suitors.
“It is our information that Chelsea intend to sell this summer. They invested heavily, around £230m, last summer in rebuilding and of course recruiting to the squad,” McGarry said.
“It is our information that a very well-known agent has been asked to market certain players. The most prominent being Hakim Ziyech who of course has not been at the club very long.
“However, Thomas Tuchel believes that the squad is top heavy in attacking midfielders. He feels that Ziyech is probably the most expendable. They’re looking to recoup some of the investment in him.”
Ziyech remains under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2025.