Ziyech refuses to rule out Chelsea exit amid Milan transfer links

Suraj Radia
Suraj Radia 24 Nov 2022 17:21 GMT 2 min read
Hakim Ziyech, Marokko, 2022

Hakim Ziyech has admitted he doesn’t know where his Chelsea future lies after AC Milan reportedly reignited their interest in the winger.

Ziyech is currently with Morocco at the 2022 World Cup having found himself on the fringes of the Chelsea team under Graham Potter this season.

The 29-year-old was expected to leave Chelsea during the summer but a move never materialised, however he has since made just two starts this season.

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Ajax, Tottenham and Manchester United were among the sides reportedly interested in a transfer and Ziyech refused to rule out the prospect of leaving Stamford Bridge in January.

“It’s hard to say, difficult to say. We don’t know what will happen in the winter,” Ziyech told NOS. “It’s football, so it’s difficult to say.”

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Ziyech has struggled to break into Chelsea’s line-up since joining from Ajax for £33m in 2020, featuring in just 51 Premier League games.

Milan are believed to be preparing a loan offer for Ziyech in January after losing Alexis Saelemaekers to a long-term knee injury, with Chelsea only believed to be interested if it could lead to a permanent move.

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The Serie A outfit are also keen on signing Armando Broja but the 21-year-old – who only signed a new six-year deal in September – is considered not for sale by Chelsea.

With Chelsea looking to tie up a deal for RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku in the coming months, Ziyech’s days at the club appear to be numbered.

Milan had reportedly considered a move for Ziyech in the summer after being recommended to the club by Romelu Lukaku but the Italians opted to sign Charles de Ketelaere instead.

Ziyech played all 90 minutes as Morocco held Croatia to a goalless draw in their World Cup opener in Qatar, with their next game coming against group leaders Belgium on Sunday.