Galatasaray get Ziyech for keeps

Galatasaray get Ziyech for keeps
Galatasaray's Hakim Ziyech. EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jun 29, 2024. 14:25

Chelsea have confirmed the transfer of Hakim Ziyech to Galatasaray on a permanent basis, bringing an end to his four-year association with the Premier League club.

The Morocco international joined the Blues from Ajax in July 2020 but never really established himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.

Ziyech did manage to win the UEFA Champions League in his first season with the West London giants, scoring two goals in 10 appearances, although he was an unused substitute for the final against Manchester City,

The 31-year-old winger was shipped off to Gala on loan for the 2023-24 campaign after being told he did not feature in Mauricio Pochettino’s future plans and enjoyed a decent spell in Turkey, contributing six goals and three assists in 18 Super Lig outings.

Ziyech has now completed a permanent move to Rams Park, putting pen to paper on a one-year contract which includes an option for a 12-month extension.

“Hakim Ziyech has completed a permanent transfer to Galatasaray,” Chelsea announced on their official website. “We thank Hakim for his efforts during his time at Chelsea and wish him well as he begins the next chapter of his career.”

A statement from the Turkish champions added: “Professional football player Hakim Ziyech’s final transfer was made free of charge as the free purchase option conditions in the temporary transfer contract were met.

“The football player will be paid a net seasonal wage of 2,850,000 euros for the 2024-2025 season. In addition, in accordance with the agreement, if the conditional extension option is realised, the football player will be paid a net seasonal salary of 2,850,000 euros for the 2025-2026 season.”

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