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Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech has been a delight to watch for the Dutch giants, and the Moroccan international attracted massive interests from top clubs around Europe.
Eventually, it was Chelsea who ended sealing a deal for the 27-year-old star.
Hakim Ziyech’s agent Mustapha Nakhil, has revealed that his client rejected offers from several top European clubs before eventually signing for Chelsea in February.
Nakhil also believes that Ziyech will be a top player for Chelsea.
“I let him be completely himself, only then does Hakim develop into the special player he has already become. That’s why I have no doubt that he will succeed at Chelsea,” Nakhli told Dutch outlet Voetbal International.
“Hakim is an adult player, a real leader by now. He also knows very well what he can do and where he wants to go. That is why we waited a long time for a transfer, because the right club with the right story did not pass by.
“We rejected really big European clubs. Not just Sevilla. There were clubs in November that wanted to take over Hakim during the winter break. I’ve never flown so much. But in the end, we didn’t feel good about it.”
Ziyech has revealed that his conversation with Chelsea boss Frank Lampard convinced him to snub other big clubs and join Chelsea.
“Now, everything feels right,” Ziyech said.
“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.”