Thomas Tuchel has made his final decision on Moroccan international, Hakim Ziyech as he clear air on his transfer link rumours.
The Moroccan will feature for the 50th time in a Chelsea shirt if selected by our German head coach against Leicester City this weekend, with 32 of his Chelsea appearances coming under Tuchel’s management.
Ziyech has started three of our last four games in all competitions, scoring the winner in our 1-0 win in Malmo, and Tuchel has stated the club have no plans of letting him leave in January.
‘I said many times, he was brilliant in pre-season,’ Tuchel said. ‘He had a major injury which was a huge setback. He played after his shoulder injury with pain and huge protection that kept him from being totally free which is necessary for his game, his movement and mobility, and his position and style of play.
‘So now he stepped up in the last games, we had some injuries, he took the chance to have more game time, like Callum [Hudson-Odoi] did and he was decisive. He assisted and scored. It’s good.’
Despite his flurry of appearances lately, the ex-Ajax playmaker has been linked with a move away from the Blues in some media quarters but our Bavarian head coach was quick to confirm his wish to keep the 28-year-old.
‘In the moment, here in Cobham there an no thoughts about his future or a potential change, a swap deal or whatever in winter, I have talked to nobody about it here in Cobham,’ Tuchel stated.
‘Hakim was not in my office to express a wish like this. Right now, he is an important guy. He is very talented, very ambitious and he is a full part of the squad.
‘He was last season and is this season. We expect the very best of him all the time, but it is tough competition. I cannot let everybody play all the time for 90 minutes. It is simply not possible.’