What Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori did to Hakim Ziyech ahead of £38m summer transfer

Chelsea may be on the verge of signing Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech, but some supporters have cast their minds back to when the Blues faced the Moroccan this season.

Ziyech, who has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Blues, is set to become Frank Lampard’s first permanent signing since taking charge at Stamford Bridge.

The playmaker attracted the attention of clubs across Europe after his stunning campaign for Ajax last season, helping the Dutch side win the Eredivisie title and reach the Champions League semi-final.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed similar success this season, impressing over both Champions League group stage ties against Chelsea.

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And some fans on social media decided to share one particular moment from Chelsea’s 1-0 win in Amsterdam in October.

A late goal from substitute Michy Batshuayi sealed the points for the Blues on the night, but it was one moment during the game which stood out for supporters.

With the game still goalless in the second half, Chelsea centre-back Fikayo Tomori showed a different dimension to his game with a stunning piece of skill to flummox his future teammate Ziyech.

Receiving the ball near the touchline, the England international was pressed by Ziyech but stayed composed and sent the Ajax midfielder spinning to the floor after a swift Cruyff turn.

The defender then stepped away and launched a left-footed clearance up field.

Elsewhere, Ajax manager Erik ten Hag effectively confirmed that the Moroccan international will be a Chelsea player next season.

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Speaking to Fox Sports before Ajax’s 3-0 KNVB Cup victory over Vitesse Arnhem on Wednesday, he said: “Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to happen.

“And I actually already expected this one or two years earlier. And each time it was: ‘Wow, he stayed again’.



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