Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech is rumored to be on the move this summer, with former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf predicting his departure from Stamford Bridge. The Moroccan international impressed at the 2022 World Cup, where his country made it to the semi-finals, but his time back in London has been a struggle.
Several European clubs, including Newcastle United, have shown interest in the 30-year-old. Despite playing in 102 matches and contributing 14 goals and 11 assists, Ziyech has only appeared in 13 of Chelsea’s 30 league games this season. In January, he almost went on loan to PSG, but the move fell through.
The influx of players at Stamford Bridge has raised concerns about Ziyech’s future with the club. When asked about who he thinks should leave Chelsea in the summer, Lebouef told ESPN, “Well, definitely Ziyech. The guy is not happy, and he wants to work. Every time he plays for Morocco, he’s the best player in the world, and every time he plays for Chelsea, he feels sad and lost. So I wish him to go somewhere else where he can show the world he’s still the Ziyech we saw when he played for Ajax.”
Ziyech’s transfer to PSG didn’t work out, with Chelsea blaming a technology defect for the collapse. However, the French club’s football adviser, Luis Campos, said in February, “We had the player with us, we had done everything. But as with all transfers, you need all three parties to work well. In this case, it worked well for Paris Saint-Germain, it also worked well with Ziyech. Unfortunately, it didn’t work well for the last party.”
Tottenham is the latest club to be linked with Ziyech. Former Spurs playmaker Rafael van der Vaart believes the winger could be the solution to Tottenham’s problems, stating, “They’re missing something in that number 10 area, and I think the answer is Hakim Ziyech. He’s not happy at Chelsea, and I’m a big fan of his. If Tottenham were to bring him in, their problems are solved. I really don’t think they need much more.”
Hakim Ziyech’s time at Chelsea appears to be coming to an end. He has struggled to make an impact this season, and the arrival of new players has further complicated his situation. With interest from several European clubs, including Newcastle and Tottenham, it seems likely that he will move on in the summer. Regardless of where he ends up, Ziyech’s talent is undeniable, and he will undoubtedly be eager to prove himself once again.