Ziyech stands by his Van Basten criticism

Ziyech stands by his Van Basten criticism
Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech

by Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 25, 2020. 13:00

Morocco and Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has explained that he stands by his criticism of Dutch football legend Marco van Basten.

Ziyech played under Van Basten at Heerenveen early in his career and remembered an incident which convinced him that the former AC Milan star would not be able to cut it as a manager.

In 2016, the Moroccan said, “He changed me once at half time in my first season and then put me in the reserves. Without explanation.

“He didn’t communicate at all. I realised at AZ that he was not suitable for it (coaching). He already had that at Heerenveen.

“Now [in 2016] he is again an assistant with the Oranje [Dutch national team]. If you know people or have a big name, you will always find a job again. Quality counts for me.”

This week, Ziyech stood by his comments. He told the English press as quoted by Tribal Football: “I speak from my heart. I say what my feelings say. They can find what they think.

“In the end I have always believed in my own strength. It didn’t really interest me what other clubs or people thought.

“Ultimately you have to perform on the field. That’s why clubs buy you or not. I also took my time. I didn’t necessarily want to change clubs at a young age.”

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