What Erik ten Hag has said about Hakim Ziyech as Man Utd boss eyes surprise Chelsea raid


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Erik ten Hag is spearheading a pursuit of wantaway Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech this summer but has met resistance from Manchester United’s recruitment department. And it’s no surprise he’s keen to reunite with the Moroccan at Old Trafford based on his comments back in their Ajax days.

Ten Hag has identified Ziyech as an alternative left-footed forward to Antony and wants to sign him as part of a summer in which he has had full control of transfer targets. However, United have reportedly overruled his desire on this occasion.

The 29-year-old shone at Ajax under Ten Hag’s watch before joining Chelsea in a £33m deal in 2020. And before his departure, the now-United boss heaped praise on his ‘brilliance’ and pinpointed the trait that stands him apart from the rest.

“He is a character, headstrong. But that also makes him brilliant,” Ten Hag told Ajax TV after Ziyech’s final training session with the club. “He sees things that others don’t see. Sometimes he is a trainer’s nightmare, but you have to give him space. If they start playing on their responsibility, you see the development. He took Ajax by the hand, and we were very successful together.”

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Ten Hag also admitted he has qualities it’s difficult to find in other players, interestingly name-dropping his priority target, Frenkie de Jong, as a similar scenario after his move to Barcelona in 2019.

He explained: “Hakim has been very decisive, and he has such specific qualities that cannot simply be found in other players. It was the same for Frenkie de Jong last season. These are players who can make the difference in the offensive phase.”

It’s no coincidence he’s looking to get the two back together at Old Trafford, especially amid his quest for more ‘character’ in the United dressing room.

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