Chelsea bought Ajax’s key player
Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech is set to join Chelsea for $ 49 million.
According to the Telegraaf newspaper (Netherlands), Chelsea and Ajax Amsterdam have reached a deal to transfer Ziyech in the summer of 2020. Initially, the English team wanted to buy in January 2020, but Ajax decided to keep until the end of the season.
Ziyech was one of Ajax’s most outstanding players last season, where they won the domestic double and reached the Champions League semi-final. This season, with six goals and 12 assists, the Moroccan striker remains one of the top players in the Dutch championship.
In the last Champions League group stage, Ziyech scored a beautiful free kick against Chelsea. This urged coach Frank Lampard to turn him into the first player he bought after a year of leading the English team.
Ziyech joined Ajax in 2016, from Twente. In 159 games played for the Dutch team, he has 48 goals and 82 passes to clear the deck.
Before Ziyech, Ajax sold Frenkie De Jong to Barca and Matthijs De Ligt to Juventus. The departure of many stars made the former European champion quickly decline. From last season’s semi-finals, Ajax were eliminated in the Champions League group stage this season and came down to play in the Europa League.
Chelsea recruited former Heerenveen player
Chelsea Club paid 44 million USD for Ajax to own winger Hakim Ziyech, since July 2020.
Chelsea also confirmed the recruitment of 27-year-old players. “The two clubs have agreed to transfer Ziyech this summer. The deal is only pending on personal terms, and Ziyech will remain with the Dutch team for the remainder of the current season,” the notice posted on the home page. The English club has a paragraph.
Ziyech was born on March 19, 1993 in Dronten, Netherlands. He is the youngest of nine children. Ziyech’s father died of cancer, when the player was only 10 years old. Ziyech mother – Moroccan – raised the children themselves. Ziyech started playing football at the age of five. He grew up in Heerenveen’s training room.
Ziyech started his career at Heerenveen (2012-2014), then went to Twente and landed at Ajax in the summer of 2016. He scored 47 goals in 157 matches for Ajax, helping the Dutch club to win the National Championship in 2019. Ziyech four the most assists of the season, and won the title of “The best player in the Netherlands” in 2018. Ziyech is also the best pass in Europe since the 2017-2018 season, based on the number of assists created.