Chelsea news: How Frank Lampard ‘convinced’ Hakim Ziyech to complete transfer

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Hakim Ziyech has explained why Chelsea will ‘suit him well’ (Picture: Getty)

Hakim Ziyech has revealed how Frank Lampard ‘convinced’ him to join Chelsea and explained why he believes a move to Stamford Bridge will ‘suit him well’.

Chelsea reached an agreement with Ajax in February to sign Morocco international Ziyech at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed four productive seasons at Ajax but believes he is moving to Chelsea at the right time.

‘Now, everything feels right,’ Ziyech told Voetbal International. ‘Chelsea is a very big and nice club.

‘There are a lot of talented youngsters, which puts me in a position I’m used to after the last three-and-a-half years at Ajax. It suits me well.

‘Chelsea has a coach who loves attacking and attractive football in Frank Lampard. I feel the same way.

‘We had some good talks. Lampard is really calm and presented himself well. We immediately felt a connection, which also convinced me to make this decision.

‘Therefore, now is the time to make a move. I’m ready, also as a person.’

Ziyech, who had scored ten goals and made 16 assists before the 2019-20 season was suspended, added: ‘It will be a new phase of my life to be further away from my family and friends in London.

‘I don’t see it as a struggle, quite the opposite actually. I’m really looking forward to it.

‘I will give it my utmost, and will learn so many new things that will make me grow even further.’

Ziyech, who helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals last season, also revealed his excitement at playing in England’s top-flight.

‘The Premier League is a great competition, especially because of the fast thinking, technical players,’ he said.

Ziyech will join Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘As a kid, I’ve always dreamed about this. I watched the games Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United played and players like Drogba, Henry, Bergkamp and Beckham, you name them. I want the same thing.

‘Is it the best competition in the world? I don’t know. I also admire La Liga but the Premier League is definitely the most intense.

‘I don’t like to take the easiest way, because you’re not challenging yourself when you do. I like challenges. Those make me stronger and keep me sharp.’

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