Former Chelsea and Ajax defender sends this warning to Ziyech

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Back in February, Chelsea sealed a sensational deal as the Blues won the race to sign highly rated Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech.

Ziyech will feature for the Blues next season, and former Ajax and Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot has told Ziyech what to expect.

Melchiot, who also moved from Ajax to Chelsea back in 1999, believes Ziyech must get used to the physical nature of the Premier League and that he’d also be fouled several times in the Premier League.

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“In Holland, you have tough games, but in England they come back-to-back – and back-to-back again,” Melchiot told Goal.

“The games are tougher and you get fouled a lot. If he manages to get through that, then he will be fine. I think he will do well.”

Melchiot also told Chelsea fans what to expect from Ziyech.

“He always wants to show his ability on the ball because he is very technically gifted. He also sees things a lot of players won’t see,” continued Melchiot.

“It took some time for him to show his quality at Ajax but once he got himself in the team, he became maybe their most important player.

“So, I like him a lot and why I think he will do very well at Chelsea.”

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