Tuesday Feb 18, 2020. 14:00
Former Netherlands international Andy van der Meyde is of the impression that Hakim Ziyech made a mistake in choosing Chelsea.
Van der Meyde is surprised that the Morocco international favoured a move to Stamford Bridge instead of joining German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, for example.
It was confirmed last week that Ziyech will join the Blues at the end of the season from Ajax Amsterdam in a deal reported to be in the region of €45 million.
The 26-year-old had long been linked with a move away from the Dutch giants, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Bayern Munich all having showed interest in the midfielder before his deal to Chelsea was finalised.
Van de Meyde told VTBL as per Goal.com: “It’s time for him to leave. Hakim is ready, he has to take the next step.
“The Eredivise is a training party for Ziyech. It makes sense that he looking for a new team. You need that as a top athlete.
“I just didn’t expect him to go to Chelsea. I don’t think it’s a top team nor a stable club. I would have expected Bayern Munich or something of that size.
“Of course, it could be the hierarchy under below Liverpool changes if Manchester City are really punished and maybe Chelsea will benefit from it and they will play for the prizes, but then again, if they play, I don’t think: ‘Wow, I’ll stay at home and watch’.”
Ziyech has scored 48 goals and assisted an incredible 82 in 161 appearances for Ajax Amsterdam since joining the club from Eredivisie rivals FC Twente four years ago.
Chelsea currently occupy fourth place in the English Premier League, but are in danger of falling out of the UEFA Champions League spots this weekend having conjured just two points in their last four fixtures.