Ziyech tells fans he waited for right move, Balague has Messi message for Lamps, Lampard sent £113 million message about Chelsea deal, New star excited to play with trio and Silva makes transfer claim
Lampard sent message about Nunez deal, Ziyech excited to play with trio, Silva makes transfer claim, Ziyech waited for right move in Chelsea roundup…
Hakim Ziyech has named three Chelsea players he is especially looking forward to playing alongside.
The 27-year-old finally made his league debut in the 3-3 draw with Southampton after recovering from injury and is expected to have a massive impact at the cub after making a real name for himself with Dutch Champions Ajax.
He joins a hugely talented forward line following Frank Lampard’s summer splurge, in which he spent over £200 million on the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz and Ziyech has now opened up and announced the three players he is looking forward to playing with.
Reported by the Metro, Ziyech said: “I have two different options, maybe three, depending on what the coach thinks. For me, it doesn’t matter where I’m playing.
“Kai [Havertz] and Timo [Werner] are two big talents and they have already proved that in the past with what they did at their previous clubs.
“Christian [Pulisic] is also one of the biggest talents. They all have a lot of quality and Christian has been here longer than us. You have seen what he is capable of doing on the pitch. He’s just a crazy winger.
“For me, it’s really exciting to work with them and I don’t care where I play on the pitch.”
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus says Uruguay forward and Chelsea target Darwin Nunez will eventually become the club’s record sale.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has been a very busy man over the past few months and spent well over £200 million on bringing in players that he feels will help Chelsea get back into the habit of winning big trophies.
However, Chelsea are still linked with a number of players as they seek to continue spending serious money and improving the squad, and Nunez is a player that has come into the shopping basket of the Blues.
Nunez is making a real name for himself over at Benfica and is tipped to become a top player, so much so, that Jesus has opened up and told the likes of Chelsea that the Uruguay forward will eventually become the club record sale.
Benfica’s biggest sale to date was the €126 million (£113m/$142m) Atletico Madrid paid to sign Joao Felix last summer, Jesus told SportTV: “We must not forget that he is a kid, he is 21 years old, there is a lot about the game that he does not know yet. He will learn with me and Benfica.
“He was Benfica’s most expensive purchase, and when there is no pandemic, he will be the most expensive sale. He will be a world-class player.”
Chelsea star Thiago Silva admits he was looking to escape the pressure and routine of life at Paris Saint-Germain.
Silva is easily regarded as one of the best defenders over the past 10-12 years and became available in the transfer window after he failed to agree a new contract with PSG, despite the fact that the French giants were keen to get him to stay.
Silva concedes that, at 36 years of age, he did not want another continental quest in familiar surroundings, with a fresh start required in order to breathe new life into the closing stages of his career.
The South American centre-half told Esporte Interativo: “For me, it would be difficult to start another year with all this pressure of having to win the Champions League.
“So logically, I change things a little, I’m a little more relaxed. Not that there is no pressure here, the pressure is the same! A great team looking to win titles, but hey, I came to help, I can help at any time.”
Silva added: “I am motivated, I live for the challenges. I had been playing in Paris for eight years. Logically, one way or another, you fall into a comfort zone. Not a comfort zone in the sense of no longer working, of no longer seeking good results, but you end up falling into a routine.”
Hakim Ziyech says he took his time to find the right move away from Ajax after signing with Chelsea.
After developing into one of the very best wingers in the game, Ziyech was heavily linked with a number of clubs in Europe and was tipped to sign for the likes of Real Madrid or Manchester United, but he opted to stay put for one more season and in the end he signed with Chelsea.
He has barely featured for Chelsea due to his injury, but he is expected to be a big player for the Blues over the next few months and the midfielder thinks that he was being careful in waiting for his chance, even if it went a bit against his outspoken nature.
“I am not afraid to have my opinion and I always speak from my heart and what I am feeling, I am just saying. I don’t really care what people think about,” Ziyech was quoted on Goal
“They can take it how they want to take it. In the end, I always believe in myself and trust in myself and always believed in my own strengths so it didn’t really bother me what other clubs and people think.
“At the end of the day, if you perform on the pitch, that’s why most of the clubs are buying you or not. I also took my time. I didn’t want to rush myself to go to another club early at the youngest age. I took my time to improve and learn and grow as a person and now I am 27 and now is the time to move on.”
Chelsea target Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona beyond the end of the season when his current contract expires, according to Guillem Balague.
Messi hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the summer after it was revealed they he had handed in a transfer request to leave the club after the Spaniards failed to pick up any silverware by the end of the season.
The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been credited with moves for the player, as they are the only three clubs in the Premier League that can even come close to paying his sky high wages.
However, despite all the talks that he was leaving the club, ultimately he opened up and revealed that he would see out his current deal which ends in 2021 as he did not want to take Barcelona through the courts in order to get a move away from the club.
But there is still talk that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, with the Premier League his preferred destination, Balague says there is time for the Argentine to pen a new deal at Camp Nou and firmly believes that he will be staying at the Camp Nou.
Balague told FourFourTwo: “He’s had to put what happened over the summer to the back of his mind. He will have time to decide about his future after the elections, but I am convinced that if they go the way Messi wants, with a new board and a clear project, he will stay. I am convinced he will stay.