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Chelsea getting ‘special player’ in Ziyech, says Van Gaal

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Hakim Ziyech has managed to make huge progressions at Ajax and will thrive in the Premier League, suggests Louis van Gaal.

Chelsea announced the signing of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax on a €40 million deal back in February.

The Dutchman put pen on paper to confirm a five-year-deal and will arrive at the Stamford Bridge at the end of this season.

Ziyech has been one of Ajax’s standout performers in recent times. He finished the season scoring eight goals and registering 21 assists across all competitions which saw him earn the club’s Player of the Season award.

His move to Chelsea was set to be delayed with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting the footballing calendar. However, as Eredivisie ended their 2019/20 season prematurely, his path to the Premier League has been cleared.

The 27-year old will be expected to add the much needed creative spark in the Chelsea team upon his arrival. And Louis van Gaal believes Ziyech will be able to hit the ground running with his new team.

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

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

“That makes you a special player.”