Chelsea £100,000-a-week star could depart from the club this summer

By | March 2, 2021

Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech is thinking about his future at Stamford Bridge after a difficult start to his Premier League career, reports say.

The Blues completed the landing of the Morocco international from Ajax last year, with Ziyech arriving in a deal worth around £33.3 million.

He has endured a stop-start season at Stamford Bridge, making just 11 matches in the Premier League.

Only eight of those have come from the start of games, and Ziyech hasn’t got on the pitch in any of the Blues’ last three top-flight outings.

Injuries haven’t helped the attacking midfielder’s cause, with Hakim admitting that fitness problems have affected him.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the 27-year-old Moroccan star is weighing up his options and could even seek a transfer away this summer.

The Italian publication states that Thomas Tuchel sees Hakim as a back-up player rather than a regular first-team player.

As such, the former Ajax ace could ask Chelsea’s chairman Roman Abramovich for a transfer at the end of the season.

However, he is under contract until 2025 and the Blues could be reluctant to sell a player they only signed last summer.

“It was a difficult first half-year [at the club],” the technically gifted playmaker told Ziggo Sport in a recent interview.

“Of course, I immediately started with an injury, came back, then had another injury. So things are not going the way I had hoped. “But, as most know, I always have faith in myself. I know what I can do, so I don’t worry too much about that. The real Ziyech will be there.

“It is faster [in the Premier League] than at Ajax. Luckily, I picked that up pretty quickly, until I got injured in the first exhibition game, which then throws you back all the way.”