"We immediately felt connection": Ziyech explains his conversation with Frank Lampard

Hakim Ziyech has said he had “some good talks” with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard which convinced him to join Chelsea.

The 27-year-old whose £37million summer transfer to Chelsea was announced back in February is now months away from joining Chelsea.

As the Eredivisie has ended the league prematurely, Ziyech has previously said he could join his new club on July 1 as planned.

The Morocco international has now explained Lampard’s role in his decision to choose Chelsea for the next chapter of his career.

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Ziyech told Voetbal International: “Chelsea is a very big and nice club.

“There are a lot of talented youngsters, which puts me in a position I’m used to after the last three-and-a-half years at Ajax. It suits me well.

“Chelsea has a coach who loves attacking and attractive football in Frank Lampard. I feel the same way.

“We had some good talks. Lampard is really calm and presented himself well.

“We immediately felt a connection, which also convinced me to make this decision.”

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Ziyech also said he doesn’t see living in London, further away from his family and friends as a struggle.

The Moroccan said he has always dreamed of playing in the Premier League, having watched footballing icons such as Didier Drogba, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and David Beckham.

He added: “Is it the best competition in the world? I don’t know. I also admire La Liga, but the Premier League is definitely the most intense.

“I like challenges. Those make me stronger and keep me sharp.”

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