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Hakim Ziyech has revealed Frank Lampard’s philosophy persuaded him to join Chelsea.
The Moroccan international signed a five-year contract with Chelsea in February in a deal worth £37million.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder, who has produced registered eight goals and 21 assists in 35 club appearances this season, will move to London when the transfer window opens in the summer.
“Now, everything feels right,” Ziyech told Voetbal International when asked about his impending move.
“Chelsea is a very big and nice club. There are a lot of talented youngsters, which puts me in a position I’m used to after the last three-and-a-half years at Ajax. It suits me well.
“Chelsea has a coach who loves attacking and attractive football in Frank Lampard. I feel the same way. We had some good talks. Lampard is really calm and presented himself well. We immediately felt a connection, which also convinced me to make this decision.
“Therefore, now is the time to make a move. I’m ready, also as a person. It will be a new phase of my life to be further away from my family and friends in London. I don’t see it as a struggle, quite the opposite actually. I’m really looking forward to it.
“I will give it my utmost, and will learn so many new things that will make me grow even further.”