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Agent: Ziyech rejected top European teams to sign for Chelsea

Hakim Ziyech's agent Mustapha Nakhli says his client rejected a good number of top European clubs to sign for Chelsea. Hakim Ziyech...


Hakim Ziyech's agent Mustapha Nakhli says his client rejected a good number of top European clubs to sign for Chelsea.

Hakim Ziyech signed a five-year deal with Chelsea in February ahead of his move to Stamford Bridge this summer, but his agent said Chelsea were just one of many teams that showed interest in him.

“Hakim is a senior player, a real leader now,” Mustapha Nakhli told Voetbal International.

“He also knows very well what he can do and where he wants to go. That is why we waited a long time with a transfer, so the right club with the right story did not pass by.

“We have rejected really large European clubs. Not just Sevilla. There were clubs in November that wanted to take Hakim during the winter break, I've never flown so much. But in the end we didn't have a good feeling about that.”

"When interest became concrete, we first spoke to Marina Granovskaia, Chelsea's director.

"Chelsea also sees a leader in Hakim, they praised his personality. The first conversation between Frank Lampard and Hakim took place over the phone at my office.

"They clicked. Hakim is a feeling person so if it feels right, it is also good.

"We never chose the money. That will come. Hakim wants to be the best, that is his aim. He was in the Netherlands and now succeeding at Chelsea in England is the next goal."

The Morocco International told Ajax TV that Frank Lampard, and the style of play his Chelsea side are producing, was a big factor in choosing to move to west London.

“It's a big club in a big competition,” Ziyech said.

“I like the style of play - they play really attacking football. That is something that fits me and that was one of the biggest reasons that I chose Chelsea.

“We [Lampard and I] had a lot of contact in the last couple of weeks. He give me a good feeling.”

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder will join Chelsea on July 1 ahead of preparations for next season.


Written by Vince @blue_footy

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