Chelsea new boy Hakim Ziyech sent strong message by Tammy Abraham ahead of transfer

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has sent Hakim Ziyech an encouraging message before he leaves Ajax for Stamford Bridge in the summer. The Morocco international agreed a £36.6million deal with the Blues in the January transfer window.

Ziyech has been one of the top performers for Ajax in recent years and has netted eight goals and provided 21 assists in all competitions this season.

Abraham cannot wait to link up with the 27-year-old for Chelsea next season.

In his video message to Ziyech, Abraham said: “Hi Hakim, it’s Tammy here.

“I just want to wish you all the best for the rest of the season.

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“Can’t wait for you to come and join us. You know I’m ready, man.

“Can’t wait to see you, bro. Take care.”

After the move was finalised for Ziyech he was congratulated by former team-mate Frenkie de Jong.

The Dutch star, who left Ajax for Barcelona last year, told Ziyech: “Congratulations on your transfer to Chelsea, well deserved.

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“Both as a player and a person you are really a winner. Just stay who you are, then you will make it there.”

Louis van Gaal believes Ziyech will be a major asset to Chelsea and has praised the midfielder.

“He has developed tremendously at Ajax. Not so much in creativity, but as a team player,” Van Gaal told Dutch outlet NOS.

“The public has come to realize that he works very hard for a creative person. And then he also scores goals and gives assists.

“Then you are a special player,” he added.

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Ziyech has spoken of the disappointment of leaving Ajax without winning this season’s title, but is excited about the prospect of playing in England.

Speaking during a farewell ceremony organised by Ajax at the Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam, Ziyech said: “It’s a bit strange.

“You know that everything comes to an end. But it’s, you know…It’s a strange way of closing this chapter.

“Not what I had imagined, no. I am happy to take the next step, but you don’t want to end it like this. It feels as if you didn’t pass the exams, that’s how it feels.

“You’re powerless. It doesn’t feel like the season ended successfully.”

Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League and will hope to secure Champions League football for next season if the top flight continues.

The competition is currently suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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