Ziyech said he looked up to John Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard at Chelsea
By Greg Grimes
Last Updated: 15/07/20 4:09pm
Hakim Ziyech has begun ‘pre-season’ training with Chelsea. Picture credit: Chelsea FC
Hakim Ziyech says moving to Chelsea is a dream come true as he has always had ambitions to play in the Premier League,
On Saturday, the Moroccan international began training with his new club for the first time since his £33.3m move from Ajax was confirmed in February.
Ziyech attended Tuesday night’s Chelsea win over Norwich and says he has always wanted to play for a big club in England.
The 27-year-old said he always looked up to Chelsea players John Terry, Didier Drogba and his new head coach Frank Lampard.
Ziyech, in an interview with the official Chelsea website, said: “When you are a young guy you always want to play for a big club, in the Premier League of course.
‘When I was young, the players that played here, it was always a big club so I am very happy and it means a lot. I was playing in the youth in Heerenveen and here was playing Drogba, Lampard, Terry, all those big names. We were always for Chelsea, and if you look at now, if you can play here it means a lot to me.”
Ziyech came up against Chelsea twice during the season with Ajax including a 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge, a game which he scored in.
Ziyech cannot feature for Chelsea this season. Picture credit: Chelsea FC
The former Ajax forward said Lampard’s attacking style of play was a big reason why he chose to move to the club.