Hakim Ziyech: I will be a Chelsea player on July 1, amid pandemic crisis

Kweku Lawrence
By Kweku Lawrence
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Hakim Ziyech has ruled out suggestions that the corona virus pandemic could affect his move to Chelsea on July 1.

The Ajax attacker put pen to paper on a five-year deal ahead of his move to the Stamford Bridge, having see the Blues agreed to pay £33.3 million for him in February.

The current pandemic has led to the halting of sporting activities across the globe with many uncertainties about how to get it completed, but the Dutch season has been declared void.


However, Ziyech expressed his relief to seeing his future settled before the season was rocked with the disease, and is confident his move to Frank Lampard’s side will not be in question.

“After I signed the contract that was it – on July 1 I am a Chelsea player. I haven’t given it another thought,” he told Dutch daily newspaper AD.

“It’s nice for me to have some clarity. Nobody knows exactly what will happen to the transfer market. Clubs will be more anxious to attract players for large transfer fees.”

With the Premier League yet to make a decision about when the season will resume, the Morocco international seems worried when he will be allowed to play for his new team.


“The question is when countries will really open again and I can safely start there,” he added. “And then there is indeed the competition, which is played there. But I have no influence on that, I will see.”

Ziyech who was looking forward to lift his last domestic trophy before joining Chelsea also slammed the decision of the Dutch FA to declare the Eredivise season null and void as a results of the ongoing novel coronavirus.

Ajax star continued: “Come on, what nonsense I have heard. We are at the top anyway. All those stories that AZ deserved the title more because they beat us twice. So the goal difference, as it always is, doesn’t count now?

“How did PSV become champions in 2007? Exactly, on one goal. That we are not official champions, well. Of course I would also have preferred to have won that title on the field, but if you have to choose one club as champion, then that would be Ajax to me.”

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