The Morocco global’s move to Stamford Bridge was declared earlier this month, with the 26-year-old to arrive at the conclusion of the season.
Hakim Ziyech has formally signed a five-year deal with Chelsea after agreeing with the terms of his birth from Ajax, the Blues have verified.
The Morocco global’s move to Stamford Bridge was declared earlier this month after Frank Lampard’s side agreed to pay a $40 million (#33.5m/$43.3m) fee to obtain the 26-year-old’s services.
Ziyech will spend the remainder of the present campaign in the Eredivisie, before making the switch to west London at the end of the season.
“I’m delighted and pleased to have signed for such an enormous club as Chelsea,” the attacking midfielder informed the club’s official website. “I am excited about next season and hope we can achieve amazing things together.”
Chelsea manager Marina Granovskaia talked of her elation at linking the playmaker down to some long-term deal at Stamford Bridge, adding:’We’re thrilled Hakim will be joining us in the summer, having been a key goal of the club in this final window.
“He’s consistently been among the most dangerous attacking players in Europe in recent decades, which we saw firsthand in our two matches against Ajax in the Champions League.
“We want Hakim and Ajax all the best for the remainder of the year and look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.”
A treble winner at the Netherlands last term, Ziyech has topped the Eredivisie’s assist charts in the previous three seasons, demonstrating a regular provider of goals for his team.
He currently tops the very same positions for this year’s Champions League with four, despite Ajax having exited the contest at the group stage.
His eye-catching performances on the way to some semi-final exit in last year’s tournament saw him named in the Squad of the Season, one of five Ajax players to make the cut.
On the global stage, he had been a part of Morocco’s squad in both the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, together with his performances in the latter earning him election to the CAF Team of the Year too.
Ziyech is Chelsea’s first major recruit since their move ban came to an end earlier this year after it was halved from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.