Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech reveals he would ‘LOVE’ to return ‘home’ and rejoin his old club Ajax in the future… but winger admits the decision to go back to Holland may not be up to him
- Hakim Ziyech played for Ajax for four seasons between 2016 and 2020
- He scored 49 goals and won multiple pieces of silverware with the club
- His performances earned him a lucrative transfer to Chelsea last year
- After a slow start, the 28-year-old seems to be finding his feet in England
- However, he would still be open to returning to Amsterdam in the future
Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech has revealed that he would welcome the opportunity to rejoin Ajax before his playing days are over.
The 28-year-old enjoyed four successful years at the Dutch club between 2016 and 2020, which included winning a domestic double in 2018-19.
Ajax also made the semi-finals of the Champions League that season, and came within a whisker of reaching the final, only to be dumped out in heartbreaking fashion by Tottenham.
Hakim Ziyech (L) celebrating with his team-mates after winning the Eredivisie in 2018-19
Ziyech made his name at Ajax before securing a big money move to Chelsea back in 2020
The following year, Ziyech switched the Eredivisie for the Premier League as he arrived at Stamford Bridge. His first season did not go according to plan as injuries and a loss of form restricted him to just 15 starts in the top-flight.
Now into his second campaign in England, he is showing signs of improvement, having been directly involved in a goal in five of his last six appearances across all competitions.
However, despite his upturn in form for the Blues, the Morocco international has admitted that the prospect of returning to Ajax in the future does appeal to him.
When asked if he could see himself playing for Ajax again, he told Ziggo Sport: ‘I would love to. I had a fantastic time there.
‘It’s a place where I have felt at home, and whether it will ever happen, the future will tell. If it is up to me, it will definitely happen.
Ziyech celebrating his winning goal for Chelsea against Watford earlier this month
‘What the future brings, we’ll see then. Like I said, I hope it happens one day. Whether it will happen is not up to me.’
Ziyech still has over three years remaining on his contract at Chelsea, although this has not prevented him from being linked with a move away from west London recently.
The speculation does not seem to have affected his displays on the pitch, though, and he will be back in action for Thomas Tuchel’s men on Wednesday against Zenit as Chelsea aim to secure top spot in their Champions League group.
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