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Ajax have resumed training, and new Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech, also joined them to train, even though he’s not going to play for the Dutch side when the new season resumes.
Chelsea completed the signing of Ziyech in February, and the 27-year-old has already played his last game for Ajax, as the Dutch season has been cancelled.
The Eredivisie will not resume until September, but clubs are allowed to train and keep fit providing that they follow safety measures, and Ziyech has been permitted to join his teammates as he’s still an Ajax player until June 30.
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag will be monitoring that the players who will train in small groups to maintain social distancing guidelines do not lower their standards.
“We thought about the ideal way to get back to training and we’ve combined players based on their positions,” Ten Hag told Ajax Media.
“This is just how we are starting out. We’ve grouped these particular players, so we can work on some position-specific things. We hope to get their technical levels up again and stimulate them once again.
“That’s how we will do it from now on, and we will make sure that they keep busy at home too.
“We need them to keep their focus and we need to make them feel like professional footballers again. It’s important they keep that mindset.”
This is a good thing for Chelsea as Ziyech will return back to the club fully fit.