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Hakim Ziyech was Frank Lampard’s first signing at Chelsea, as he signed up from Ajax back in February, for a £33m fee.
Ziyech rose to fame in Ajax, as he spent four years with the Dutch giants and became a top player for them before moving to Chelsea.
The Morocco International has revealed that his conversation with Frank Lampard was enough to sign for Chelsea, as he admitted that the Chelsea manager’s knowledge of the game, impressed him.
“We spoke on the phone,” Ziyech said. “The way he [Lampard] was speaking about the game impressed me.
“For me also the most important thing was playing football. At that point he was just speaking about football and about his idea of the game. It was clear for me.”
Ziyech added: “I could not be any prouder [when he signed for Chelsea]. When you grow up, you always have a dream.
“For every young footballer, you want to play in the Premier League or in big competitions. For me it was a really proud moment to sign for Chelsea.”