Ziyech explains how Lampard, Terry & Drogba influenced his move to Chelsea


Hakim Ziyech revealed he looked up to John Terry, Didier Drogba and Lampard while growing up and it was easy for him to join Chelsea when the chance came.

Ziyech signed a five-year contract with the blues for a fee around €40m, ahead of other top teams who were in the race for his signature.

The 27-year-old only teamed up with the Blues this month, after completing the campaign with Ajax and has started training with Chelsea.

Ziyech said he has always idolised the blues legend Drogba, who scored 104 Premier League goals during his stay at the club, as well as John Terry and Lampard.

“When you are a young guy, you always want to play for a big club, in the Premier League of course,” he told ChelseaTV.

“And when I was young the players that played here. It was always a big club so I’m very happy and it means a lot.

“I can remember I was playing in the youths in Heerenveen and we have some teammates, and he was playing [with] Drogba, Lampard, just all those big names, Terry.

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“We were always for Chelsea and look now, if you can play here, it means a lot for me.”

Ziyech has been with Dutch side Ajax since 2016, helping them to win a number of trophies, and also played a crucial role as they finished runner-up in the 2017 Europa League.

In the 2019-20 campaign, the winger scored eight goals and had 21 assists in all competitions.

Hakim Ziyech will hope to make his debut for Chelsea during the pre-season matches and help them compete for trophies next season.


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