'Incredible quality': Cesar Azpilicueta raves about Chelsea player who Graham Potter's reportedly ready to sell

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has raved about the quality of club teammate Hakim Ziyech, who he could be lining up against today at the World Cup.

Azpilcueta, 33, is an experienced Blues defender that’s representing Spain at the World Cup. His country are currently preparing to face Morocco on Tuesday in the last-16 phase of the tournament.

As for Morocco, Ziyech is one of the key players in their side after returning to the national team just before the World Cup commenced. The 29-year-old Chelsea winger hasn’t played a lot of football at Stamford Bridge this season, but it’s not stopping him from impressing on the international stage.

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Azpilicueta raved about Ziyech

Azpilicueta has spoken very highly about Ziyech prior to the Spain vs Morocco showdown:

“[Morocco] have Hakim Ziyech, who has a left foot of incredible quality. He’s in a great moment, confident. We’ll have to ensure he’s in the game as little as possible,” Azpilicueta said, as quoted by the Guardian.

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Journalist Simon Phillips has reported on GIVEMESPORT that Chelsea are “happy” listening to offers for Ziyech in January. Graham Potter is not against the deal happening, too.

There’s been a stark contrast between Ziyech for club and country this season.

He’s fallen quite far down the Chelsea pecking order in the attacking positions, making just nine appearances this campaign before the winter break.

It’s no secret that the right-winger has a wand of a left foot and such a special technique, but the Blues have really struggled to get the best out of him in any system.

Chelsea could probably learn quite a lot from how Morocco deploy Ziyech, but will he actually get another chance at the Bridge post-World Cup?

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