Hakim Ziyech trains with Blues teammates for first time after Chelsea confirmed Moroccan transfer

Hakim Ziyech got the opportunity to train with his new Chelsea team-mates for the first time on Thursday after his £37million move was confirmed earlier this month.

Chelsea wrapped up an agreement with Ajax for Ziyech’s signature back in February and the 27-year-old officially joined the club on July 1, along with Leipzig forward Timo Werner.

Last weekend, Ziyech was seen doing individual drills at Chelsea’s training ground and the Morocco international was in the stands at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night to watch the the Blues beat Norwich.

While Ziyech cannot play until the start of next season, he got the chance to train with Frank Lampard’s first-team squad this week and the winger took part in small games with the likes of Reece James, Tammy Abraham, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

He will no doubt have been desperate to make an impression, with his new head coach looking on intently at Cobham. Speaking to Chelsea TV ahead of the side’s victory over Norwich, Ziyech expressed how excited he was to get going with his new club.

‘When you are a young guy you always want to play for a big club, in the Premier League of course,’ the ex-Ajax star said.

‘When I was young, the players that played here, it was always a big club so I am very happy and it means a lot.

I was playing in the youth in Heerenveen and here was playing [Didier] Drogba, Lampard, [John] Terry, all those big names.

‘We were always for Chelsea, and if you look at now, if you can play here it means a lot to me.’

Ziyech is confident he will succeed at Chelsea despite the physical challenges of the Premier League and believes his intelligence on the football pitch makes up for his small stature.

He added: ‘I would love to bring my style of play that I have shown the last few years with Ajax. ‘Just keeping the same style and hopefully they will enjoy it and of course I hope to help the team as much as possible.

‘People always tell me the Premier League is a tough competition. Of course I know it is but I think they always said, “you’re physically not ready” and stuff like that.

‘But if you see the competition and how many people have the same body like me, football is just playing with your head, being smart and creating spaces and it’s always in the small things.

The Moroccan continued: ‘I cannot wait to play here and I’m excited. ‘For me, it’s not fast enough to begin. ‘I wait a long time for this moment, four or five months, but it’s finally here and I will do everything in my power to make everybody happy.’


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