Ian Maatsen reveals he has remained in regular contact with Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech throughout his loan spell at Burnley.

Speaking to Voetbalzone, Maatsen mentioned that he and the Moroccan international have stayed close whilst the pair play at opposite ends of the country.

The young defender headed to Turf Moore over the summer, having trained with Thomas Tuchel’s team in pre-season.

He embarked on his third journey into the EFL, with spells at Charlton Athletic and Coventry City providing valuable experience in senior football.

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This latest move has arguably been the most beneficial, and certainly the most productive.

Ian Maatsen has marvelled away from Chelsea

Maatsen has started 21 times in the Championship under Vincent Kompany, contributing an impressive eight goals from full-back.

His brace in the recent 2-1 victory over Swansea City was the epitome of the player’s improvement away from Chelsea.

But the Holland youth international is never too far from his parent club, thanks to a relationship with Ziyech.

“We actually still FaceTime every day,” Maatsen confessed about his bond with the Stamford Bridge attacker.

Ziyech and the 20-year-old clearly struck up a rapport during their time together at Cobham.

Perhaps their love for Dutch football brought them close; Ziyech moved to Chelsea from Ajax in 2020 for £33m.

Or, maybe both being left-footed gave them common ground to discuss.

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Either way, the two are evidently on the same wave length.

This encouraging for Maatsen if he is to return to Chelsea; a familiar face is always welcome.

Those stationed in South West London have apparently been keeping track of the left-back as well, potentially to determine whether he should be restored to set-up.  

“They think I’m doing a good job and compliment me on my productivity. Chelsea sees that I’m growing. For now I focus on Burnley, after this season we will see how the cards are shuffled,” explained Maatsen.

If Burnley do achieve instant promotion back to the Premier League, Maatsen might think again about pulling on a blue jersey.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."