Ziyech doesn’t need to go to the gym to play for Chelsea, says former teammate. Here is his reason

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Ajax star Hakim Ziyech sealed a transfer from the Dutch giants to Chelsea in February, and the Moroccan international will become a Chelsea player from next month.

A lot has been said of Ziyech, and while many have hailed the mercurial winger for his qualities, some believe that he might struggle to cope with the physicality of the Premier League due to his slight nature.

However, Aston Villa and Netherlands winger Anwar El Ghazi who played alongside Ziyech at Ajax, has revealed that the new Chelsea signing doesn’t have to be macho to shine in the Premier League.

He told Bureau Sport: “You have to think about your muscles with so many games [in the Premier League].

“I thought I was big and heavy, but sometimes you run into player and you think: is that a wall?

“But Ziyech is going to do well at Chelsea, 100 per cent. He has his qualities and he shouldn’t have to be physical.

“He’s agile and can move well, because he’s so thin. Going to the gym doesn’t mean going to Basic Fit [Dutch gym chain] to become a powerhouse.

“You can also work your core, train your abs, pull ups. It doesn’t make you a bodybuilder. Being in the gym doesn’t just mean pumping and pumping.”

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