Chelsea reportedly may sell £33m player with potential to become 'one of the best players in the world'

Frank Lebouef has claimed Hakim Ziyech has the potential to be one of the world’s best players when he’s operating at 100 per cent, but this comes at a time he’s linked with a move away from Chelsea.

Ziyech, 29, is currently performing well on the World Cup stage for Morocco.

The £33million Chelsea winger managed a goal and assist during the World Cup group stages for Morocco, who are now into the last-16 of the competition against Spain.

He’s impressing as the right-winger on the international stage for his country, but he’s on the fringes at club level and there’s even speculation about him leaving Stamford Bridge.

Football London claimed back in October that Chelsea are open to the idea of selling Ziyech if a suitable offer is made.

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Ziyech one of the world’s best

Morocco are enjoying the very best version of Ziyech right now, but Chelsea boss Graham Potter didn’t use him regularly at the start of his managerial reign at the Bridge.

When asked if Potter will be forced to start Ziyech at Chelsea post-World Cup, Lebouef told ESPN: “If he plays like he plays now, of course.

“Ziyech is one of the best players in the world, if he’s at 100 per cent. We love everything, his finesse, his finishing, everything, his crosses.

“He didn’t show that yet for Chelsea and we are still looking for it, but if the World Cup can launch his secondary career, we would love that at Chelsea.”

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There’s been plenty of examples in recent years of Chelsea players going on and thriving elsewhere, especially more attacking players.

It’s been difficult for forwards to thrive in the Blues system in recent times, so it wouldn’t be a major surprise if Ziyech goes and recaptures his Ajax form at a rival club.

The wide man can technically match most players in the world when it comes to close control and first touch, but there’s nowhere near the kind of consistency in his game to put him at the elite level.

There’s no doubt this current version of Ziyech would improve the Chelsea attack, though.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.