Report: 29-year-old Chelsea player wants to star at World Cup, so he can force Stamford Bridge exit

Reports from Italy have claimed that Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech is looking to use the World Cup as a catalyst for his move to AC Milan.

According to CalcioMercato, the 29-year-old is still highly admired by the Serie A side, after their attempts to sign him over the summer.

Ziyech will be keen to make an impact after he has been recalled to the Morocco side for this winter’s World Cup, after it appeared his international career was over.

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He marked his return to the national team with a sensational halfway line goal last night, with him threatening to bring his best to the festival of football.

In a group containing the last dance of the Belgian national team and the ever-consistent Croatia, they will need the best of Ziyech to help them qualify for the knockout stage.

Ziyech looking to impress Milan

CalcioMercato have suggested that the Chelsea man may have some extra personal motivation for the tournament, with him hoping a good tournament will see AC Milan return with their interest in his services.

Despite the managerial change at Stamford Bridge, opportunities seem to have disappeared in the most part for Ziyech this season.

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However, he did start in the League Cup fixture against Manchester City just before the World Cup break, impressing in his role on the right of attack.

In a story that sums up the Moroccan’s season though, he was dropped to the bench for the Premier League fixture days later, in favour of a front three of Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja.

A move does seem the best for both parties really, with it being a long time since Chelsea saw the best of Ziyech for a consistent period of games.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.