According to Goal, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has actually confirmed that prized attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech will be joining Chelsea at the end of the campaign.
Erik Ten Hag made the revelation on Fox Sports before Ajax’s cup match versus Vitesse this evening. The Dutch outfit won the clash 3-0, with Hakim Ziyech coming on in the 80th minute.
De Telegraaf reported earlier today that the Blues had verbally agreed to sign the 26-year-old playmaker for a fee of £37.8m from Ajax this summer.
The Moroccan star will be Frank Lampard’s first-ever senior signing since becoming Chelsea manager. The Blues have lacked a creative spark at times this campaign which could make Hakim Ziyech the perfect signing.
Here’s what Ten Hag had to say on the transfer:
“Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to happen,”
“And I actually already expected this one or two years earlier. And each time it was: ‘Wow, he stayed again’. ”
“We are just happy that we will still have him until the end of the season.”
Hakim Ziyech has registered a staggering 21 assists and eight assists for Ajax across all competitions this campaign.
The Moroccan has mostly featured on the right-wing for the Dutch giants this campaign, but the ace’s versatility has seen him play across all attacking midfield roles.
Hakim Ziyech was key to Ajax completing a domestic double last campaign, as well as inspiring the Dutch giants to defy the odds and reach the Champions League semi-finals last term.
The star’s impressive plays in Europe’s elite cup competition even earned him a place in UEFA’s Champions League Team of the Tournament.