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Mason Mount makes Hakim Ziyech claim after previous tussle with Chelsea new boy


Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount says he can’t wait to play alongside Hakim Ziyech after seeing the player’s quality first-hand in the Eredivisie.

The Blues announced that they had reached an agreement to sign the Ajax star in February for a fee of €40m (£35m), and he will join up with the team before next season.

Mount spent the 2017-2018 campaign on loan with Vitesse, and played against Ziyech in the process.

And during a Combat Corona FIFA tournament for charity Mount said he was looking forward to linking up with the Moroccan international.

Mount responded to a question about his future teammate by saying: “So two years ago I was in Holland on loan so I knew a bit about him then and obviously how good of a player he is.

Hakim Ziyech in action against Chelsea last year

“So obviously it’s another amazing, world-class player joining the club. So yeah buzzing to work with him, train with him and hopefully play with him.”

Ziyech rose to prominence last season when he played a key role in the Ajax side that made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, helping the team beat the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the process.

This season he has also impressed, scoring six goals and creating 12 assists in the Eredivisie, while he also set up two goals in Ajax’s dramatic 4-4 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League in November.

Speaking after the signing of Ziyech was confirmed Blues manager Frank Lampard said: “Well I think he is a fantastic player and first came into my eye line during their run in the Champions League last season.

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“I know his qualities, he has a great left foot, generally plays off the right but can play behind the front man.

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

“He is a player we hope can bring that bit of creativity, bring something different, he scores goals and gets assists.”





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