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Ziyech wants to switch to Chelsea, confirms Ajax boss Ten Hag

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Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will switch to Chelsea at the end of the season and admitted that he expected the striker to leave “a year or two earlier”. On Wednesday, it was reported that Eredivisie champion Ajax and Premier League giant Chelsea have signed a verbal agreement to transfer EUR 45 million for Ziyech.

Ziyech came off KNVB Beker’s 3-0 win on Wednesday in Vitesse and Ten Hag provided information about the 26-year-old Moroccan international. “Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was pending, we expected it,” Ten Hag told Fox Sports after the game. “I actually expected that a year or two ago. And every time it was: ‘Wow, he stayed again’.

“We are just glad that we will still have it by the end of the season.” Ziyech has been directly involved in 166 goals since his Eredivisie debut in 2012/13, contributing 79 goals and 87 assists. Since joining Ajax from Twente in 2016, Ziyech has scored 38 league goals and 48 in all competitions.

Ziyech’s sensational record of 51 Eredivisie assists since the start of the 2016/17 season is 16 better than Steven Berghuis’ 35, the next higher that time, while his 421 chances created since September 2016 are a whopping 134 more than his next Rival.

Ten Hag added: “I’m not surprised by the news about Ziyech. I know that our players are very popular with the big clubs in Europe. It’s just great.” I’ve known for a long time what Hakim wants. He has an image in mind.

He knows exactly which clubs he finds interesting and which he doesn’t. “Chelsea is a fantastic club. When it is final, I am very happy for Hakim and very proud of him.”

Related Slideshow: Biggest Football Transfers of 2019 (provided by Photo Services)

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