Hakim Ziyech is adamant Donny van de Beek will soon prove his worth to Manchester United ahead of Chelsea’s clash with his former teammate on Saturday.
The midfielder joined United in an initial €39m switch from Ajax over the summer. However, with just two EFL starts to his name, Van de Beek is yet to prove his worth to United.
That has fuelled suggestions from one pundit suggesting the midfielder was something of a “panic buy”.
With United producing their best display of the season in beating PSG on Tuesday, Van de Beek again had to settle with a two-minute cameo.
That will likely mean a place on the bench at best once again when United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
It’s been a similar slow start, albeit mainly due to injury, for Ziyech at Chelsea.
The pair had a great relationship at Ajax and the Moroccan is adamant his good pal will soon find his feet at United.
In fact, Ziyech had two words of advice – “stay calm” – for Van de Beek when asked about his current situation.
“We spoke in the beginning when he moved to Manchester,” Ziyech said.
“And last week we didn’t speak a lot, we didn’t speak about his situation.
“I think he will need time as well.
“He comes from a different country, a different style of play.
“I know for sure it will take some time for him as well to get used to everything and then I know for sure he will bring quality to the squad over there.
“For him the most important thing right now is to stay calm.”
In terms of his own situation at Chelsea, Ziyech is confident his time will come.
“If you think realistically, I’ve been out for a while. The season stopped last year for me a bit early, I didn’t play for a while,” he commented.
“Like I said before, the injury came at an unlucky time.
“For me it’s now just important to get the rhythm back and build up everything again.
“I know it will take some time but for me it could be as soon as possible.
“But it is what it is right now and for me it’s now most important to build again to come in with 100 per cent fitness and that’s what we’re working on right now.”
Ziyech grateful he didn’t join Arsenal
Ziyech has revealed his relief at biding his time for his big move to Chelsea rather than joining Arsenal or Barcelona two years ago.
“Two years ago I was almost moving somewhere else, but it didn’t happen,” said Ziyech.
“And for myself, looking back now, I’m happy it didn’t.
“Because from that moment I had an incredible journey with Ajax as well, and an amazing time. I improved a lot on the highest stage in Europe.
“And this summer was for me the time to move on, step up and I’m really happy that I still had the last two years at Ajax.
“I think the last two years improved me a lot, not only as a person but also as a footballer.”
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