Another twist in the Hakim Ziyech affair. The Moroccan international, announced close to a transfer to FC Barcelona this winter, could well continue to play for Chelsea, and it was Thomas Tuchel who decided.
Thomas Tuchel is unwilling to let Hakim Ziyech go after negotiations have opened between Chelsea and FC Barcelona.
The Blues are reportedly considering letting the Morocco international go, but that would depend on Barcelona’s progress in the Champions League.
However, the German technician is said to have vetoed it and “everything would have stopped for the moment” as the manager does not want to weaken his team in the middle of this season.
The Chelsea boss ‘commands a lot’ and wants a great team to choose from for the second half of the campaign, which means he is not ready to give the green light for the 28-year-old midfielder’s transfer.
In recent weeks, the former Ajax Amsterdam star has regained the form and the confidence of the German technician, to the delight of fans in London.
Ziyech also offered his first Premier League goal of the season against Watford (1-2), for Matchday 14 of the Premier League. Ten minutes after entering the game, the Atlas Lion scored the goal (72 ′) that sealed the outcome of the game in favor of Chelsea.
The Moroccan sent Tuchel a message about his playing time last week. “I think I’m one of the top eleven in Chelsea. But a manager chooses his team game by game, and he decides what he needs,” he said.