Hakim Ziyech is joining Chelsea this summer after four years of loyal service at Ajax Amsterdam. To pay tribute to the Moroccan international, the Dutch club has prepared a beautiful report with all the highlights since his arrival on August 30, 2016.
In this report entitled “Wizard of AMS”, Hakim Ziyech returned to his difficult beginnings in Ajax. Whistled by the public during the first two seasons, the player admits having already thought of leaving the club. He could not hold back his tears when talking about his teammates Blind, Hentelaar or Van De Beek who, according to him, allowed him to progress and to find a place within the team.
Ziyech also returned to the drama of Abdelhak Nouri to which he was close. He claims that this episode had shaken him, confident that the tracksuit of Nouri, who had a cardiac arrest during a match in 2017, remained hung for a year in the locker room.
Ziyech then looked into some sporting disappointments and spoke of the bitter elimination in the semi-finals of the 2018-2019 Champions League against Tottenham. After the failure, the player said he had not slept for two days, believing that Ajax could have won the Champions League if the club had managed to reach the final.
Another highlight of this report: the message from Ziyech’s mother in Darija. “I am very happy for you. You’re going to London to play big games. Be a man and take care of yourself. I love you and I’m proud of you. Good luck,” she said. The player was moved to tears after hearing this beautiful message.