Former Ajax and Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has praise for Hakim Ziyech.
“He’s had considerable growth at Ajax. Not so much in imagination but as a squad leader,” Van Gaal told NOS. “As a creative player, the audience has come to know he is working really hard. And then he makes goals and assists too.”
“So he is a special player,” Van Gaal said.
Despite the 2019-20 campaign being put to a premature end in the Netherlands in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Ziyech’s route to west London has been cleared. A contract has been set in motion to bring the 27-year-old to Stamford Bridge for €40 million, in a big-money agreement.
Van Gaal wants Chelsea to find considerable value in their new player, with every reason to assume that the Blues have gained another fan favourite.