Former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot has said that Hakim Ziyech will have to cope with a different challenge when he makes the switch to Stamford Bridge. The Moroccan international will make the move to the Blues in the next transfer window following four successful seasons with Ajax, where he has caught the eye with his goal contributions.
Speaking to Goal.com, Melchiot said that Ziyech must cope with the physical demands of the Premier League. He added that there are no doubts over the player’s technical ability and the attacker could eventually become a key performer for the club, he told: “In Holland, you have tough games, but in England they come back-to-back – and back-to-back again. The games are tougher and you get fouled a lot. If he manages to get through that, then he will be fine.
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Argentinian defender Nicolas Tagliafico said that there isn’t any guarantee that he will be joining Barcelona in this summer window but he isn’t certain of staying in Ajax either. He has been part of the Dutch club Ajax from 2018 and within the few months, he has proved his worth which helped him join the first team of the club.
The full-back has attained the attention of many clubs. Last summer deal with Atletico Madrid was dropped off and this summer another Spanish Club Barcelona is being interested insigning a deal with the defender. The hasn’tbeen any confirmation regarding the deal but the chance of him moving is higher.
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The agent of Donny van de Beek has said that the midfielder has plenty of offers on the table and he has yet to decide on any destination. The Netherlands international looked on course to join Real Madrid last summer but he opted to make a surprise U-turn to remain with the Dutch champions for the rest of the campaign.
He has since been linked with a number of high-profile clubs including Manchester United in the Premier League and his representative has now revealed that there is no concrete interest amid the impact due to the coronavirus pandemic, he told Voetbal International: “It will all be different, but I also have to be realistic. It also creates opportunities at clubs that perhaps thought they had no chance anymore and are now knocking on the door. I’m not worried about Donny.”
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ESPN pundit Shaka Hislop has urged Chelsea to make the move for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale when the transfer window reopens in a few months’ time. The 21-year-old made his debut for Bournemouth at the beginning of the current campaign and he has since been one of their standout performers in what has been a different season.
The Cherries are currently languishing in the drop zone on goal difference but Ramsdale has nonetheless earned plenty of plaudits, having made an average of more than three saves in every top-flight game. Speaking on ESPN, Hislop said that the Blues should consider a move for the former Sheffield United graduate, who has impressed between the sticks for the Cherries this term.
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Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech has revealed that he was in contact with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard before the Blues reached an agreement to sign him from Ajax. The 26-year-old was purchased from the Dutch champions for an initial £33m fee and he will be formally presented by the club when the season concludes.
In an interview relayed by Goal.com, Ziyech spoke fondly about the achievement of Lampard as a player and said that there is plenty to learn from the ex-Blues captain. He added that he was in contact with the Blues head coach prior to the deal and was convinced to join the Blues without any doubt in mind.
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Lille forward Victor Osimhen has acknowledged that his team were not good enough to beat Ajax in the recent Champions League group stage clash. The French outfit had the opportunity to register their maiden win of the European campaign but that was clearly not the case with the Dutch champions running out 2-0 victors.
One of Ajax’s goals were scored by Hakim Ziyech after just two minutes on the clock and Osimhen has admitted that had a devastating effect on the club’s game plan, he told: “We must analyse our performance and see the mistakes made on this match because we were not at our best. It was devastating to concede such an early goal. But we had chances, we could have led 2-1. Faced with a team of such quality, we cannot miss so many opportunities. We must restart our season against Dijon this weekend to create a dynamic in the league.”
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Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong has revealed that he joined Barcelona ahead of the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain after they made the initial approach to his representative. The Dutchman was hugely touted to leave Ajax during the summer of 2018 and a deal was eventually finalised at the turn of the year with Barcelona reaching an agreement to sign him at the end of the campaign.
Speaking to reporters, De Jong has revealed that the Citizens and Les Parisiens were also interested in acquiring his signature but the Blaugrana always had the edge as they made the earliest attempt to pursue him, he told: “My choice of Barcelona was because they were the club who showed me the most love.
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Life is all about results. It may not make sense to the nerds who think their brain is smarter than the planet which has undergone different trials and tribulations for millions of years yet survived.
That’s why Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp is as opposite as can be when it comes to personality yet both look like twin achievers.
Many ex-players coached under Guardiola have been asked if he was a “good guy” and from Eto’o to Ibrahimovic to Thierry Henry, all settled with “good coach”. In fact, Ibrahimovic was less forgiving. He called him a “coward”. All this tension whether Guardiola is the kind of guy you would love to hang out with on a Saturday night and yet he remains the greatest coach of his generation.
Jurgen Klopp is the opposite character. He likes hugs. Talks loudly and looks like the kind of dude that always want to have beer with you on a Saturday night. Yet his results on the pitch is not that bad when it comes to Pep. They are both currently coaching in the same league and the German has won back to back Coach of the Month award since the start of the new season.
Leaves one with the question as to how they motivate their teams to almost play the same tireless high pressing game of theirs. But that’s kind of the point. It doesn’t matter how they do it as long as the result keep coming and fans and club owners are happy.
Normally when a concave and convex mirror give you the same image, you freak the hell out and wonder if you are crazy to the point of seeing hallucinations or your high school science teacher did screw you up for fun.
Pep and Jurgen couldn’t care less though. They are having the best time of their lives and writing their own histories. Future generations won’t care too to know who was the concave or convex. They will take a look at their achievements, nod and move on. The universe has spent thousands of years teaching every generation that results are all that matters. It’s nothing to be any different in the future.
Cameroon international Andre Onana has said that he is content at Ajax amid the speculated interest from Manchester United. The 23-year-old has been with the Ajax first-team for the past three seasons and the previous campaign saw the best of him with the Dutch giants celebrating a domestic double as well as reaching the Champions League semi-final.
As such, there has been widespread interest in his services and reports have emerged that Manchester United could make a swoop amid the uncertain future of David de Gea. When asked about the ongoing speculation, Onana stressed that he is already playing at a good level at Ajax and prefers to stick with the club for the forthcoming campaign, he said: “It is important to me that I play at a good level and that I can continue to develop. I am still young and with Ajax we have just proved how much we can achieve with this club. It will not be easy to surpass that. But I want to fight for new success with Ajax.”
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Belgium international Toby Alderweireld has suggested that he remains committed to the north London side despite the continuous speculation regarding his future.
The centre-back is set to be reunited with Ajax when Spurs entertain them in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final but the defender has stressed that there won’t be any emotions during the tie.
He said: “I can make very popular statements, but I don’t know what’s coming my way. I do not say ‘no’ in advance for the future. But I am now fully focused on Tottenham and after that I also have a contract for one season. We will mainly have to play our own game. But at times when we are under pressure, we have to defend well and there may be moments to break out. But we can also put pressure, actually all the ways of playing football.”
Ajax have reached the final four of the Champions League after getting the better of Juventus and Real Madrid over the past two rounds, but Spurs have likewise proved their mettle after ousting Manchester City, who were regarded as the favourites to secure the European crown.
As such, an even contest can be anticipated between the teams and it remains to be seen whether the fitness could have any impact on the game.
Spurs had a tough derby against West Ham United on Saturday where Ajax had the weekend off and that has already been stated by manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been far from pleased with the help from FA. Meanwhile, Alderweireld’s future remains a talking point with his contract expiring at the end of next season, and so far, he has been reluctant to pen terms at the north London side.
This has spread suggestions that he could be sold during the summer transfer window and Ajax could make an approach for their former graduate.
Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has previously indicated that the club are hopeful of luring both Alderweireld and teammate Jan Vertonghen back to Amsterdam in the future.