'We don't know': £33m player refuses to rule out leaving Chelsea in the January transfer window
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech has refused to rule out leaving Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.
Ziyech, 29, is a talented left-footed attacker still under contract with the Blues until 2025.
However, he’s struggled massively for minutes this season at club level, making just nine appearances across all competitions.
The Morocco international is currently in Qatar representing his country, playing 90 minutes in yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Croatia. Incidentally, Nigel de Jong suggested the Moroccan didn’t look fully fit on Wednesday when facing Croatia.
Ziyech refused to rule out leaving Chelsea
Blues fans will be intrigued to hear comments from Ziyech yesterday about his future post-World Cup.
When asked by NOS (translated by the Metro) if he will move back to the Eredivisie in the January window, Ziyech said: “It’s hard to say, difficult to say. We don’t know what will happen in the winter. It’s football, so it’s difficult to say.”
The 29-year-old’s been clever because he’s not said in concrete terms he’ll be leaving the Bridge. However, he’s refused to rule out going when presented with the perfect opportunity to silence any transfer rumours.
In our view, it makes sense for Chelsea to sell him in the New Year.
It would be good not to take too big a hit on the £33m they paid for him in 2020 when he joined from Ajax, but it’s obvious there’s been a decline in his game.
He’s such a technically gifted winger that can do plenty moving forward. Unfortunately, he’s just not been the right fit for Chelsea and the Premier League despite a few magical moments.