Revealed: Chelsea’s secret weapon in signing of Hakim Ziyech

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Chelsea announced the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax last week for a fee believed to be around £37 million.

According to former Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz, who was teammate of Frank Lampard at Chelsea, the Blues were able to sign Ziyech due to Chelsea’s style of play under Lampard.

Boulahrouz told Tribal Football: “He is a player who wants to play football forward. With football that fits Ziyech.

“You can see that in the players around him. Mason Mount, Willian and Tammy Abraham promote the vision of Lampard and that is important for Ziyech.

“Even in the Premier League, Chelsea wants to solve everything by playing football. That is also nice for the ordinary football fan.

“I think the Chelsea before Lampard would have been less suitable for Hakim.

“Then the football there, as I call it, was not positive.

“Because of the temporary transfer ban, they were able to take the time at Chelsea to view players. That they end up at Ziyech also says something.

“Ziyech didn’t just choose a club.

“He has been very satisfied with Ajax in recent years and in that period the necessary clubs have also come along.

“Now at Chelsea he ends up with a team where everything is perfectly arranged and in a city where it is great to live.”

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