Hakim Ziyech: ‘I have always dreamed of playing in the Premier League’

Hakim Ziyech has admitted that with his move to Chelsea a dream has come true. The Moroccan international says he always had ambitions to play in the Premier League and to play for a club like Chelsea. On Saturday the midfielder began training at his new club for the first time since the Blues confirmed his signing from Ajax in February.

Ziyech was at Stamford Bridge where he saw his new teammates beat Norwich City 1-0. The 27-year-old says it has always been a dream to play in the Premier League. “When you are a young guy you always want to play for a big club, in the Premier League of course. When I was young, the players that played here, it was always a big club so I am very happy and it means a lot.”

“I was playing in the youth in Heerenveen and here was playing Drogba, Lampard, Terry, all those big names. We were always for Chelsea, and if you look at now, if you can play here it means a lot to me.” Ziyech played twice against Chelsea with Ajax in the Champions League and the former Ajax midfielder says Frank Lampard’s style of play was a big reason he wanted to join the club.

“It was important for my decision. I like the style of play he is using now. The attacking play was for me a big decision to come to Chelsea,” Ziyech added. “It was a crazy game (the 4-4 draw). If you were a neutral supporter it was a fantastic game. For us it was a little bit less because we were 4-1 up, but it was a crazy game. I think the neutral fans, that is why they like football, because of moments and games like this.”