Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech is happy at the club, reports say. The Morocco international has struggled for consistency since his arrival from Ajax back in the summer transfer window. But he’ll only begin to worry for his Stamford Bridge future should Thomas Tuchel decide to fork out on a new forward at the end of the campaign.
Ziyech was one of the biggest arrivals back in the summer, joining Chelsea from Ajax.
For the most part he’s struggled to adjust to his new surroundings, blowing hot and cold under both Tuchel and Frank Lampard.
In recent times, however, there have been positive signs of life.
The Morocco international scored the winner in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City, propelling the Blues through to a clash with Leicester next month.
And, now, Soccer News say Ziyech is happy at Chelsea.
It’s made clear that he must make himself ‘indispensable’ to Tuchel between now and the end of the campaign.
And he’ll only fear for his Chelsea future should the Blues decided to go after a new winger when the transfer window reopens this summer.
That doesn’t look like happening, with Tuchel currently having several other targets in mind.
He’d love to sign a new striker, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner all struggling for consistency this term.
Erling Haaland is the German’s dream goal but landing the Borussia Dortmund star won’t be straightforward with so many other elite clubs also in for his signature.
Chelsea are eyeing a new centre-back, aware that Thiago Silva can’t go on forever.
And they could still splash out on a new goalkeeper, with AC Milan shot-stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma continuing to be linked with a move to the Premier League.
Speaking recently, meanwhile, Ziyech praised Tuchel – while acknowledging he’d struggled to live up to expectations in the capital so far.
“It’s different, different than we’d had the last six months [under Frank Lampard]. He’s bringing his own vision,” he said of his manager.
“I think his statistics say it all, so it goes well for everybody.
“We are doing what we have to do and winning a lot of games, we’re playing good football. So I think everybody at the club is happy with his journey here.”
He then added: “Before I came I had been out for seven months mostly.
“I came here and started with injuries, so for me it was more that I was already behind everybody physically.
“So the way to work hard and coming back to the physical point where I’m normally at, and then still trying to go one step further, it takes some time.
“I’m always the type of guy that always believes in myself, I always work hard in training. It’s not always that it comes out in games, but I’m working hard every day on it.
“I know what I can do and I always trust in myself.”
Speaking after his heroics against City last weekend, Ziyech admitted everyone at the club was happy with the result.
“Timo did a good run into the space, I made my run, it was a good delivery and I put it in easy,” said the playmaker.
“You always have to have that feeling before the game that you want to score.
“It feels good to be in the final. Everybody is happy. We did a good job, especially in the first half.
“The second half was a little bit difficult to close all the spaces, but we scored the one goal that we needed. It was enough.”