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Lampard excited to see Ziyech: ‘He has been fantastic in training’

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says he is excited to see Hakim Ziyech making his debut for the Blues this weekend. The Moroccan international joined Chelsea in July from Ajax after the two clubs agreed a deal in February. Just before the start of the season Ziyech injured his knee and he was forced to miss the first few games of the season. He has returned to full fitness now and will play against Southampton.

The attacking midfielder was allowed to join the national team of Morocco and Lampard was pleased to see his new signing getting some minutes for his country. “We brought Hakim here what feels like a long time ago. He’s been fantastic in terms of professionalism, to get fit. I’m excited to get him in and around, for what we brought him to the club for.”

Lampard also spoke about Antonio Rudiger, who wanted to leave Chelsea in the final week of the transfer window. A move did not materialize and Lampard insists the German is part of his squad. “Every player can play his way into the XI, the squad,” Lampard said. “The things I do are for the best of the team and the club. The players know that. Toni is the same as every other player on that one.”

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