World class star Ziyech opens up and sends message as Chelsea fans welcome new signing
New Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has admitted the death of his father almost led him to spiral of drink and drugs after the tragedy when he was just ten.
Chelsea surprised many people over the past week and beat the likes of Manchester United to the signing of Ziyech in a deal worth £37 million, as the impressive winger will arrive when the summer transfer window opens up at the end of the season.
Ziyech has made a real name for himself with the Dutch giants and has confirmed himself as one of the very best wingers in Europe right now, and was linked with a move to Chelsea last summer, but the high price tag but off the London based club and they have waited until his price tag lowered just a bit.
The youngest of nine children to a Dutch mother and Moroccan father, he loved the game from an early age, and his dad was ever-present by his side during his time with local amateur side Reaal Dronten.
Life grew tougher as his father struggled more and more with multiple sclerosis, and Ziyech has come out and admitted that it his death almost drove him to a life of drugs and drink, telling Dutch newspaper De Volskrant: “That disease wrecked him. He could do less and less. No more walking, eating, talking.
“He had previously had a heart attack. He worked hard and smoked a lot.
“I remember it well, it was winter, just after Christmas.
“My father was in bed in the living room. He was sick for some time.
“I had to go to bed that night, but wanted to stay with him. Eventually I fell asleep on the edge of his bed with him.
“Around midnight I woke up and went upstairs to my bedroom.
“A few hours later, around three o’clock, I heard family members crying downstairs.
“I went to the living room. My father was dead. And there you are, a ten-year-old boy . .
“I didn’t go to school any more. Football didn’t matter to me either. I was completely gone.”