Hakim Ziyech: “I have started to adapt to things more and more."

Wed 03 February 2021 | 14:03

The Moroccan talked about his early tough days with Chelsea in interview with the club’s official website.



Hakim Ziyech

, revealed that he is finally starting to adapt to the life at Stamford Bridge following a


start with the Blues.

The Moroccan, who joined Chelsea in February 2020 for a five-year contract, recently returned to the Blues training sessions after suffering from a hamstring injury in early December.

When Ziyech was asked about having a comfortable stay at the

Premier League

club ahead of their Thursday match against


, he said:

"Yes, of course. I have now been here six or seven months and I have started to adapt to things more and more.”

"At the beginning everything is new and it is nice but I really also love to be around my family and my mother and my brothers and friends, but at this time it is not possible. So after a while it was a little bit difficult but you start to get used to it. I have not met the fans properly yet.”

"The fans had a game when they could come to watch and then I got injured after 25 minutes against Leeds! Hopefully, better times will come and everybody will be able to come to the stadium."

Later talking about playing as an inside forward for Chelsea, Ziyech added:

“It is a position where I love to play, without the ball having your responsibility but with the ball being free and trying to find space and trying to play football. That is what I like the most."

"Get between the lines, find space, between the lines with the one or two touches. Especially in that position, you have a lot of options because is the defender coming out, yes or no?”

"If he is not coming you can turn around and find the striker or the left-winger or the right-winger in space. You have a lot of options."

Continuing on earning 'the Wizard' nickname from his days with


, the 27-year-old said:

"I played one game in Ajax and I played a good game and after the game, the day after, one of the guys from the social media of Ajax posted something with that name and from that moment, people started calling me like that.”

"Even now, I remember when I left Ajax and I came here but I was back in Holland a couple of times back, I was walking on the street and people called me the wizard.”

"And people always use that wizard emoji on social media."

source: SportMob