Lampard reveals how Tottenham played a part in Hakim Ziyech catching his eye

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Dom Le Roy

Chelsea announced earlier in the week that they had come to an agreement with Ajax over the transfer of Hakim Ziyech from the Eredivisie to the Premier League.

This is the first signing the Blues have agreed since their transfer ban was lifted and Ziyech looks set to join up with the squad in the summer ahead of the new season.

Of course, Spurs fans will know all about Ziyech, a Morrocan winger who has impressive tremendously in the Netherlands for the past couple of seasons.

So far this campaign, Ziyech already has eight goals and 21 assists to his name across all competitions, playing a total of just 30 games (TransferMarkt).

Ziyech impressed during Ajax’s Champions League run last season, which came to an end against Tottenham in the semi-final in Amsterdam.

Ziyech scored in the second leg of the tie, seemingly putting it to bed before a second-half Lucas Moura hat-trick.

Frank Lampard has now claimed that Ziyech first caught his eye in last year’s Champions League run, particularly against Spurs in the two semi-final matches.

He said (Express): “I think he’s a fantastic player. He first came into my eye-line in their run in the Champions League last year.

“I thought he was one of their standout players, particularly in their games against Tottenham.

“We’ve come up against them twice this season so I know a lot about him. I know about his qualities.

“He’s got a great left foot and plays generally off the right-hand side but can play behind the front man.

“Probably when you look at us this season there have been games where we may have maybe struggled to unlock the door.

“He’s certainly a player we hope can bring that bit of creativity and something different for us. He scores goals, assists.

“I know he’s not coming now but I think it’s exciting for us as a club and the fans to know that he’ll be here next year.”

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