Former Tottenham star Rafael van der Vaart told Daniel Levy about Hakim Ziyech before he signed for Chelsea , but his advice fell on deaf ears.
The Moroccan put pen to paper on a deal that will see him join Chelsea from Ajax at the end of the season.
Ziyech was a star during the Dutch side’s run to the last four of the Champions League last season – scoring against Tottenham in Amsterdam – and has previously been named as the Dutch Footballer of the Year.
But the Tottenham chief is known for his frugalness in the transfer market and decided not to heed Van der Vaart’s words of wisdom – something he may come to regret.
Hakim Ziyech of Ajax will link up with his new Chelsea team-mates in the summer
Although the former Hamburg ace admits Ziyech is more suited to Frank Lampard’s Blues.
He told Championat in Russia : “I told him (Levy) earlier. I really like this footballer. He can do everything – both score and assist. Watching him is a pleasure. But overall, Chelsea are playing differently, a bit more Dutch in a sense, so Ziyech will suit his future team.”
Tottenham’s lack of activity in the transfer market was one of the factors that led to the breakdown in Levy’s relationship with former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Daniel Levy is under pressure to make moves in the transfer market
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Rafael van der Vaart alerted Daniel Levy to Hakim Ziyech’s quality before his move
With Jose Mourinho now at the helm the expectation is that the north London outfit will invest in the summer as they look to overhaul an ageing squad.
Van der Vaart left Tottenham in 2012 under a cloud after he and Levy failed to see eye-to-eye, but the 38-year-old admits the chairman only has the club’s best interests at heart.
“He just defends his club,” he added. “I always had a good relationship with him, although it happened that we fought. Now, if we…