Ziyech sends final message to Ajax

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Chelsea secured the signing of Hakim Ziyech in February, as the Blues signed the Moroccan international for around £33m.

Ziyech’s four-year stint with Ajax will end on June 30 and he’d officially become a Chelsea player from July 1.

The 27-year-old winger has now sent an emotional farewell message to Ajax and the club’s fans.

“The last 4 years were amazing. I don’t even know where to start for expressing how I’ve experienced this journey,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I guess making the Europa League final, making the Champions League semi-final, winning the Johan Cruijff Schaal, winning the KNVB Beker, winning the Eredivisie and becoming football player of the year says enough about how beautiful these years were.

“I want to thank everyone at Ajax for making this next step possible. You have all played a part in my progression over the last years. I hope you are proud of that, at least I’m proud to have worn the jersey of the best team in the Netherlands. Until we meet again.”

The 27-year-old took part in his final training session with the Dutch giants on Saturday ahead of his move to Chelsea, and Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag took out time to hail Ziyech.

“Hakim is ‘what you see is what you get’. You see what his emotions are doing to him today,” Ten Hag told Ajax TV.

“He said ‘I am not a man of club love, but at Ajax it is different’. It is an emotional day for Hakim, but [I hope] he looks back on it in a good way.

“He comes in as a big man at Chelsea, a top club in Europe. That is the example for the younger players here. First become the best here, win titles and then take the step.

“He is a character, headstrong. But that also makes him brilliant.

“He sees things that others don’t see. Sometimes he is a trainer’s nightmare, but you have to give him space.

“If they start playing on their responsibility, you see the development. He took Ajax by the hand and we were very successful together.”

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