Hakim Ziyech still has a lot of contact with his former Ajax teammates. That tells the playmaker opposite Het Parool. He tells the Amsterdam newspaper that he has contact with Donny van de Beek, his opponent on Saturday evening.
“We spoke in the beginning, when he left for Man United, although I did not talk to him about his current situation”, Ziyech refers to the fact that Van de Beek is not yet a basic player at Manchester United. ‘I think he also needs some time to get used to everything, including the other way of playing. I am sure it will be of value to them. The most important thing for him now is to stay calm. ‘
Noussair Mazraoui previously indicated that he is still in contact with Ziyech. Ziyech himself speaks warm words about his former teammates. ‘Even more than as friends, I see them as brothers. We have built up a good relationship and we still have a lot of contact. And it will remain so. The only thing that is different is that I don’t see them that much anymore, but I still talk to them a lot. ‘
Start at Chelsea
At Chelsea, Ziyech was the first major purchase towards the new season. After the former Ajax player, players such as Timo Werner and Kai Havertz also followed. ‘They already told me that I would not be the only one to come, because the club just came back from a transfer ban. For myself, I think it is only good that more new players have come. Competition also makes you stronger. ‘
Ziyech hopes to be able to take on that competition now. The Moroccan international was not fit yet. In preparation, he sustained a knee injury, so he only made his official debut last week. ‘That injury came at an unfortunate time. Because the last season had also stopped early for me, I did get out for a while. I haven’t been able to play for a while. The most important thing now is to get 100 percent fit and get back into the right rhythm. I know that takes time, but for me it can’t go fast enough. ‘
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