Marina Granovskaia explains thinking behind Hakim Ziyech transfer as Chelsea confirm contract

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has opened up on why the club decided to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

The playmaker will complete his move to Stamford Bridge in July, after Chelsea agreed a deal worth £33.5million.

After announcing the transfer earlier this month, the Blues have now also confirmed that an agreement has been reached with the player on a five-year contract.

And speaking to the official Chelsea website, Blues chief Granovskaia explained why the Blues moved for Ziyech.

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“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.”

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Blues boss Frank Lampard previously spoke of his delight 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 “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 in behind the frontman as well.

“When you look at us this season, there have been games where we’ve maybe struggled to unlock the door and he’s certainly a player who we hope can bring that bit of creativity.

“He will be something different for us so we’re…


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