Thomas Tuchel emphasizes ‘brilliant’ Chelsea FC attacker is not leaving

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Thomas Tuchel emphasizes ‘brilliant’ Chelsea FC attacker is not leaving

Despite speculation linking him to a move away from Chelsea FC, Thomas Tuchel has insisted that Hakim Ziyech remains firmly in his plans.


The Moroccan international has struggled to find a regular spot in Chelsea FC’s lineup this season, with only two Premier League starts prior to this weekend’s round of fixtures.

Ziyech’s absence has been primarily due to injury, and the 28-year-old will now be hoping for a more regular spot in the first-team at Stamford Bridge.

Recent reports in the British press have also raised concerns about Ziyech’s future at Stamford Bridge, with some speculating that he may be forced to leave the club in January.

Tuchel, on the other hand, has downplayed talk of the former Ajax star leaving the south west London club, insisting that the playmaker remains firmly in his plans.

Speaking at his pre-match news conference before Chelsea FC’s trip to Leicester City on Saturday, Tuchel said of Ziyech: “I said many times, he was brilliant in pre-season.

“He had a major injury which was a huge setback. He played after his shoulder injury with pain and huge protection that kept him from being totally free which is necessary for his game, his movement and mobility, and his position and style of play.

“So now he stepped up in the last games, we had some injuries, he took the chance to have more game time, like Callum [Hudson-Odoi] did and he was decisive. He assisted and scored. It’s good.”

Pressed about suggestions that Ziyech could be seeking a move in January, Tuchel replied: “In the moment, here in Cobham there an no thoughts about his future or a potential change, a swap deal or whatever in winter, I have talked to nobody about it here in Cobham.

“Hakim was not in my office to express a wish like this. Right now, he is an important guy. He is very talented, very ambitious and he is a full part of the squad.

“He was last season and is this season. We expect the very best of him all the time, but it is tough competition. I cannot let everybody play all the time for 90 minutes. It is simply not possible.”

Following Tuchel’s comments on Friday, Ziyech came off the bench and assisted in Chelsea FC’s 3-0 Premier League win over Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

Last season, Ziyech scored two goals and provided three assists in 23 Premier League games for Chelsea FC, who finished fourth in the table.

He also scored twice in ten Champions League games as Chelsea won the European Cup for the second time in club history.

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