Ziyech: How Lampard convinced me to join Chelsea

Ziyech: How Lampard convinced me to join Chelsea
Hakim Ziyech

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Apr 28, 2020. 14:00

Morocco international and Ajax Amsterdam star Hakim Ziyech feels that he made the right decision by agreeing to join Chelsea.

The playmaker has been one of the most sought after players in Europe since last year and he is now set to join the English giants next season.

This is after Ajax and Chelsea announced that they have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ziyech for a fee of €40 million (potentially increasing to a maximum of €44 million, with variable factors) in February 2020.

“Now, everything feels right. Chelsea is a very big and nice club,” Ziyech told Voetbal International.

“There are a lot of talented youngsters, which puts me in a position I’m used to after the last three-and-a-half years at Ajax. It suits me well.

“Chelsea has a coach who loves attacking and attractive football in Frank Lampard. I feel the same way. We had some good talks.”

The 27-year-old went on to reveal how manager Frank Lampard convinced him to join the former Premier League champions.

“Lampard is really calm and presented himself well. We immediately felt a connection, which also convinced me to make this decision,” he added.

“Therefore, now is the time to make a move. I’m ready, also as a person. It will be a new phase of my life to be further away from my family and friends in London.

“I don’t see it as a struggle, quite the opposite actually. I’m really looking forward to it. I will give it my utmost, and will learn so many new things that will make me grow even further.”

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