Ajax players send Hakim Ziyech farewell messages ahead of his Chelsea transfer
Some of Hakim Ziyech’s Ajax teammates have sent him farewell messages ahead of his summer switch to Chelsea.
The 27-year-old, whose pre-transfer agreement was announced back in February, is expected to arrive at Stamford Bridge on July 1.
On their official YouTube channel, Ajax shared a farewell documentary featuring last season’s Eredivisie player of the year.
In the video, Ziyech was shown a selection of messages from his Ajax teammates.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar said: “A great new challenge at Chelsea, you deserve it. You have shown character.”
Ajax captain Daley Blind said: “I enjoyed sharing the pitch with you, I enjoyed your brilliance.
“I’ll keep enjoying you and following you at Chelsea. Good luck, we will meet again.”
Noussair Mazraoui said: “I am going to miss all those stories. Do your thing at Chelsea, do your thing in London.
“And bro, ‘in the fields’. Easy.”
Ziyech responded to the video: “Beautiful, beautiful. These guys have been so important in my career before and with Ajax. It’s a great video.”
Speaking about how his career ended at Ajax, with their season ending prematurely due to the pandemic, Ziyech said it “felt like you didn’t pass the exams”.
“It doesn’t feel like the season ended successfully,” he added.
The Eredivisie became the first top European league to end their season following Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte’s announcement that all football matches will not be permitted until September 1.
As a result, the table prior to football’s hiatus was made final, with Ajax top of the league, edging AZ Alkmaar on goal difference.
However, the Eredivisie decided not to award the title, making it the first time in 64 years that the Dutch top division did not have a designated champion.