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Ziyech - I will become a Chelsea player on July 1.

  • Ziyech's future was sorted before COVID-19 brought football to a halt.

  • The Ajax midfielder Ziyech signed a five-year deal ahead of his move to west London.

Ziyech [Getty]
Ziyech [Getty]

Hakim Ziyech is pleased he will become a Chelsea player on July 1 and is not worried that his move to Stamford Bridge could be influenced by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The west London club agreed a £33.3m fee with Dutch side Ajax for the attacking midfielder, who put pen to paper on a five-year deal. There is still uncertainty over how the 2019-20 Premier League season will end, but Ziyech is positive his move to Chelsea will not be halted by the ongoing crisis. "After I signed the contract that was it - on July 1 I am a Chelsea player. I haven't given it another thought," he told Dutch daily newspaper AD. "It's nice for me to have some clarity. Nobody knows exactly what will happen to the transfer market. Clubs will be more anxious to attract players for large transfer fees."

More: Jorginho's agent reacts to rumours linking the midfielder with a move to Juventus. Ziyech also admitted he does not know when he will be permitted to start playing for Frank Lampard's Blues. "The question is when countries will really open again and I can safely start there," he added. "And then there is indeed the competition, which is played there. But I have no influence on that, I will see." On the decision to declare the Dutch season void due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, he said: "Come on, what nonsense I have heard. We are at the top anyway. All those stories that AZ deserved the title more because they beat us twice. So the goal difference, as it always is, doesn't count now? "How did PSV become champions in 2007? Exactly, on one goal. That we are not official champions, well. Of course I would also have preferred to have won that title on the field, but if you have to choose one club as champion, then that would be Ajax to me."

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