Ziyech reveals Lampard played 'big role' in his £37million move

Hakim Ziyech reveals Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played a ‘big role’ in his £37million move to Stamford Bridge

  • Hakim Ziyech revealed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played ‘big role’ in his move
  • Ziyech will join Chelsea in the summer on a five-year deal from Ajax for £37m
  • Ziyech claimed a hat-trick of assists at Stamford Bridge earlier this season 

Hakim Ziyech has revealed that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard played a big role in his decision to move to Stamford Bridge from Ajax. 

Ziyech, 26, will officially join the Blues in the summer after the two clubs agreed a deal of £37million for the Moroccan international. He has agreed to a five-year deal with Chelsea and will become a Premier League player on July 1.  

The creative midfielder will remain at the Eredivisie outfit for the rest of the season but is excited to move to London and revealed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played a ‘big role’ in his transfer. 

Hakim Ziyech has revealed that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard played a ‘big role’ in his transfer

The Moroccan said Lampard had ‘a lot of contact’ with him weeks before he signed for Chelsea

‘(He played) A big role. We had a lot of contact in the last couple of weeks and he gave me a good feeling and that was also big to do with the decision,’ Ziyech told the Chelsea website.  

The left-footed maestro gave the Chelsea faithful a glimpse of what’s to come earlier in the season in a visit to Stamford Bridge – when he claimed three assists in Ajax’s blockbuster 4-4 draw with the Blues in the Champions League. 

Ajax were knocked out of the competition at the group stages as Chelsea finished one place and point above them in Group H. Ziyech explained that he is looking forward to playing for a club that plays in ‘big competitions’. 

Ziyech will join up with Chelsea on July 1 and finish the season at Ajax after signing 5 year deal

Ziyech showed Chelsea fans his talent at Stamford Bridge earlier this term with three assists

‘Happy, proud, I am excited and I cannot wait,’ he said on joining Lampard’s side.

‘It [Chelsea] is a big club in a big competition. I like the style of play, they play really attacking football, and that is something that fits me and that is one of the biggest reasons I chose therefore.’

Chelsea begin their Champions League knockout rounds with the first leg against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. 

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