Ajax playmaker Hakim Ziyech has revealed that he “still dreamed” of playing in the Premier League and aims to imitate legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba when he formally arrives in Chelsea.
“The Premier League is a great competition, especially because of the fast thinking, technical players,” the Morocco International is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard. “Is it the best competition in the world? I don’t know. I also admire La Liga, but the Premier League is definitely the most intense.”
Ziyech made a personal agreement on a five-year deal with the Blues in February, to be concluded on 1 July. He lit up the Eredivisie during his four seasons with Ajax and is now aiming to emulate some of the great English football stars, including Drogba. “As a kid, I’ve always dreamed about this. I watched the games Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd played and players like Didier Drogba, Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and David Beckham, you name them. I want the same thing.”
He added, about his passion for football, “I don’t like to take the easiest way, because you’re not challenging yourself when you do. I like challenges. Those make me stronger and keep me sharp.”
Drogba scored 163 goals for Chelsea and won 12 major trophies across two spells.