Ajax coach Erik ten Hag has send out a ‘warning’ to Frank Lampard for new Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech. The Dutch coach labels his former star player as a ‘coach’s nightmare’ as the Moroccan midfielder enjoyed his last week of training at Ajax. Ziyech will be presented as a Chelsea player next week, once his contract at Ajax has expired on June 30th.
Speaking to Ajax TV, Ten Hag said: “Hakim is ‘what you see is what you get’. You see what his emotions are doing to him today. He said ‘I am not a man of club love, but at Ajax it is different’. It is an emotional day for Hakim, but [I hope] he looks back on it in a good way. He comes in as a big man at Chelsea, a top club in Europe. That is the example for the younger players here. First become the best here, win titles and then take the step.”
“He is a character, headstrong. But that also makes him brilliant. He sees things that others don’t see. Sometimes he is a trainer’s nightmare, but you have to give him space. If they start playing on their responsibility, you see the development. He took Ajax by the hand and we were very successful together.” Chelsea will pay €40m for Ziyech, a fee that could potentially rise to €45m through several bonuses.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) June 27, 2020