Hakim Ziyech has spoken about his upcoming move to Chelsea, after the Blues confirmed that terms have been agreed on a five-year contract.
Chelsea had already confirmed earlier this month that a deal had been reached to sign the Morocco international in the summer in a move worth £33.5m.
Ziyech will become Frank Lampard’s first signing at Chelsea, following the transfer ban last summer and the frustrations that the Blues endured during the recent January transfer window.
And speaking to the official Chelsea website, the playmaker admitted he was excited to join the Blues.
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“I am delighted and proud to have signed for such a huge club as Chelsea. I am looking forward to next season and hope we can achieve great things together.”
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted Hakim will be joining us in the summer, having been a key target of the club’s in this last window.
“He has consistently been one of the most dangerous attacking players in Europe in recent years, which we saw first-hand in our two games against Ajax in the Champions League.
“We wish Hakim and Ajax all the best for the rest of the season and look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.”
Lampard said he is delighted that a player of Ziyech’s quality will be part of his squad from next season and hinted at where he plans to use the attacking midfielder.
“I know his qualities,” he told Chelseafc.com. “He’s a player we hope can bring creativity.
“He first came to my attention watching him play in Ajax’s Champions League run last year and I thought he was one of their standout players, particularly in the games against Tottenham.
“This season, we’ve come up against him twice so I know a lot about him. He has a great left foot, plays generally off the right-hand side but can play…