Hakim Ziyech has revealed just what Frank Lampard had told him in a private phone call over a move to Chelsea
We may have gone the whole January transfer window without signing any big-time players, which angered many fans, but soon after the winter window close, there was some breaking news in the media which revealed that the Blues had agreed a fee to sign Ziyech from Ajax.
The attacking midfielder will remain with the Dutch champions until the end of the campaign before joining up with his new team-mates for pre-season training in the summer, and he was asked whether he’s spoken with Lampard since the move was confirmed, Ziyech told Ajax’s official YouTube channel: ‘I’ve been in contact with him for a few weeks now. At first, mainly by the phone.
‘We had a few long conversations about his approach, the playing style, the club, about me personally. ‘And later on we texted quite a lot.’ On whether Lampard had noticed his performances in the Champions League, Ziyech replied: ‘Yes, that’s what he told me. ‘He had been following me for a while.’
Ziyech is hoping to take his game to the next level under Lampard considering his position is similar to the role Lampard once had at Chelsea.
‘In his time he was such a big player and he was a midfielder so I can learn a lot from him. In that regard, I have a lot to learn,’ Ziyech added.
‘I had a good feeling after our talks and that feeling only became stronger. ‘There was no doubt in my mind.’