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Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has welcomed new arrival Hakim Ziyech to the club after he finally agreed personal terms.
We ended months of speculation just after the transfer window when they opened up and announced that they had agreed a fee with Dutch giants Ajax for impressive winger Ziyech, who has become one of the most creative and influential players for Ajax over the last few years.
This season, supporters saw the Netherlands-born forward’s quality at close quarters, as in the second of the clubs Champions League match-ups with Ajax, Ziyech set up three of the visitors’ four goals, his dangerous deliveries from the right flank proving too hot to handle.
To date this season, Ziyech has registered nine goals in all competitions, and no player has supplied more than his four assists in this season’s Champions League., which is not bad considering he man been plagued by a number of injuries this season for Ajax.
now, After the winger opened up and admitted that he is delighted to have signed up with the club, director Granovskaia has added that the club are more than delighted to have signed the winger from Ajax and wish him the best from now and until the end of the season.
She told the CFC website: ‘We are delighted Hakim will be joining us in the summer, having been a key target of the club’s in this last window. He has consistently been one of the most dangerous attacking players in Europe in recent years, which we saw first-hand in our two games against Ajax in the Champions League.
‘We wish Hakim and Ajax all the best for the rest of the season and look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.’
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.’
Reports in the media suggesting that Chelsea will have to pay in excess of £80 million to acquire the likes of Milan Skriniar.
We failed to get any business done during the January window, but it will mean that Frank Lampard will be able to delve into the clubs transfer kitty and add a few players to the squad in the summer that will add some experience, and quality in the right areas of the pitch.
And one name that will be high up on the shopping list of boss is that of Skriniar, who is easily regarded as one of the finest central defenders in Seria A, and around Europe.
With the arrival of Antonio Conte and the consequent change in defence, Skriniar has lost some his edge and the centre-back has been unable to replicate the high-level performances that he managed to put in last season, which has made him very unhappy with the game time he has been receiving.
And his lack of performances at the back has meant that former Chelsea boss Conte has decided to play Alessandro Bastoni on a weekly basis ahead of Skriniar, with reports suggesting that the Italian is more suited to his idea of football.
Now reports on Italian Publication Calciomercato, the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City and us are all keeping a close eye on the situation of Skriniar ahead of the summer window, and could make a move if he wants out of the Italian club.
And it is also suggested that Inter may be more willing to do some transfer business for Skriniar if clubs meet the high asking price of £80 million, which is a lot more than what we were reportedly ready to pay last summer.
Now Look, we do need to add a top-class defender to that back-line and Skriniar is a top-class defender, but they need to get him for the right amount of momey or he may not be worth it and £80 million is a lot for this man, especially going by his performances this season.