Hakim Ziyech, a Chelsea midfielder, is reportedly eager to leave the club in January following a lack of regular playing time under Thomas Tuchel this season. Ziyech, who has fallen down the Chelsea pecking order, has piqued the interest of many top clubs across Europe in recent months.
According to Bild, Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Chelsea winger Eden Hazard in January. Chelsea is also thought to be open to loaning Ziyech out for the rest of the season.
Hakim Ziyech rose to prominence during his four-year contract with Ajax from 2016 to 2020. In 2018-19, he helped them win the Eredivise and the KNVB Cup. Ziyech was also instrumental in Ajax’s run to the Europa League final in 2016-17 and the Champions League semi-finals two years later.
He scored 49 goals in 165 appearances for Ajax and was named Player of the Season three years in a row, from 2017 to 2020.
Chelsea signed the Moroccan in the summer of 2020 for £37 million. Ziyech’s playing time was restricted last season amid a decline in form and repeated injuries.
Last season, he scored six goals in 39 appearances for The Blues across all competitions. This season, Ziyech has had to do with a cameo role under Tuchel. He has slipped behind Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, and Timo Werner.
Ziyech is rumored to want to leave Chelsea in January to revitalize his career and play regular football. Donyell Malen joined Borussia Dortmund from PSV Eindhoven this summer as a replacement for Jadon Sancho.
On the other hand, the Dutchman has failed to score in ten league appearances for Dortmund this season. During his time with the Bundesliga club, Malen has been chastised for his lack of work rate and desire.