Hakim Ziyech refuses to rule out Chelsea exit in January transfer window


    Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech was asked if he will return to the Eredivisie in January
    Hakim Ziyech was asked if he will return to the Eredivisie in January (NOS)

    Hakim Ziyech has refused to rule out the possibility of leaving Chelsea in the January transfer window.

    The 29-year-old has found it difficult to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since his £33.3 million move from Ajax in 2020, and has endured a difficult start to the new season having started just two games for Chelsea before the World Cup break.

    Ziyech was heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea in the summer transfer window, with AC Milan, Tottenham and Manchester United all reportedly interested in the midfielder.

    The Morocco international has also been urged to return to Ajax in recent weeks.

    When asked by NOS if he will move back to the Eredivisie in the January window, Ziyech said after Morocco’s 0-0 draw with Croatia on Wednesday: ‘It’s hard to say, difficult to say.

    ‘We don’t know what will happen in the winter. It’s football, so it’s difficult to say.’

    Croatia's defender #19 Borna Sosa (R) fights for the ball with Morocco's midfielder #07 Hakim Ziyech (R) during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group F football match between Morocco and Croatia at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 23, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
    Hakim Ziyech played in Morocco’s goalless draw with Croatia on Wednesday (AFP via Getty)

    Ziyech was also urged to leave Chelsea by Netherlands legend Marco van Basten last month, who also claimed that the Premier League club have too many players in their squad.

    ‘It is sad and a shame. Ziyech is a great player. We have to see someone like that, we watch TV for such a player and we come to the stadium,’ Van Basten told Ziggo Sport.

    ‘It is a pity for the whole of football that he is on the bench. If these kinds of players do not get minutes, it is not good for football.

    ‘There should actually be a rule that clubs can only have a certain number of players.

    ‘So they [Chelsea] have way too many and that actually makes football less interesting. A player like Ziyech could just play at another club and entertain the fans.’

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