Hakim Ziyech may be forced to leave Chelsea because German coach Thomas Tuchel is leaning towards attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.
Ziyech was one of a number of high profile signings Chelsea brought in last year.
The attacking midfielder arrived from Ajax Amsterdam for a fee of around 40 million Euros. Chelsea also brought in Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen and Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
The Moroccan star showed a lot of promise under Frank Lampard, but he has lost his momentum with injuries also not helping his case.
Tuchel’s appointment earlier this year did not help the situation either with the former FC Twente midfielder only making three Premier League starts under his new boss.
Alarmingly, Ziyech remains without a goal for Chelsea since October 2020, which leaves the Blues fans asking a lot of questions as they hope to get a return of their investment.
Rumours are already suggesting that Chelsea could cut their losses on the playmaker when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season. That speculation has now been backed up by Voetbal International who claim that the Man of the Match display by Havertz against Everton does not seem to bode well for Ziyech.
According to the website, the London club is more likely to put their faith in Havertz than Ziyech because the 27-year-old cost almost twice the price of the young German.
Havertz’ performance as a false nine against Everton showed that he has the potential to be successful with the Blues. On the other hand, Ziyech was an unused substitute in that game.
If he does leave, reports suggest that Spain seems to be the likely destination with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid all linked with his services.
Ziyech remains under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2025.
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