Eredivisie's decision could hand Hakim Ziyech head start on Chelsea career
Hakim Ziyech originally expected to join Chelsea on July 1 and despite uncertainties amid football suspension, the Eredivisie’s decision to end the league prematurely may hand him a head start.
The Eredivisie has confirmed that the league season is over, without any title-winners or relegation.
It seems harsh for Ajax and Ziyech who currently sit at the top of the table, despite only edging second-placed AZ Alkmaar on goal difference.
But this also means Ziyech’s arrival at Stamford Bridge could go ahead as planned on July 1.
The 27-year-old recently told AD: “I think my signature is under the contract and so yes, on July 1, I will be a Chelsea player. I never had any other thought.
“In any case, the question is when the countries will really open again and I can safely start there.
“And then there is indeed the decision on the league that is played there. But I have no influence on that, I will see it all by then.”
Ziyech pointed at the uncertainties surrounding the Premier League at the moment.
The Premier League has declared the intention to complete the 2019/20 season, having extended the postponement indefinitely.
This means Ziyech would still have to wait for his Chelsea debut, as the club cannot register a new player mid-season.
But that doesn’t stop Ziyech from joining Chelsea’s training sessions, which would give the Morocco international a head start before the next season starts.
There have been questions about the time it would take for Ziyech to adapt to the Premier League.
Although he may not compete in the Premier League by July 1, Frank Lampard can start planning ahead by watching Ziyech closely in training sessions.
And hopefully, the Stamford Bridge’s new magician can hit the ground running in 2020/21 season.