CHELSEA’S £38million winger Hakim Ziyech has opened his heart on his struggles at Stamford Bridge.
The Morocco international, signed from Ajax last summer for £38m, has been plagued with injuries.
Hakim Ziyech has featured just once under new boss Thomas Tuchel
He has made 18 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice, but has tended to either be replaced or come on as a sub.
Ziyech has featured only once in four games since new boss Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard.
The 27-year-old started the 0-0 draw with Wolves, the only time the German’s side has failed to win.
Ziyech told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport: “It has been a difficult first six months for me at Chelsea.
“I began with an injury, came back and then got injured again. Things have not gone as I had hoped.
“The pace of the game over here is much quicker than it was at Ajax.
“I picked that up straight away, and then I got injured in my first training game.
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Hakim Ziyech looked impressive for Chelsea during his first few games
Chelsea spent £38m to bring Hakim Ziyech to London last summerCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
“That sets you back completely, and then it happens again. It was bloody annoying.
“I am used to having my friends, and my mum, around me.
“Being without them has taken some getting used to, and of course the lockdown has made matters worse.
“On top of that I’ve had to learn how to drive on the other side of the road.
“I’ve not had any accidents, but it was very difficult at the start.”
Ziyech has been left fearing for his future under Tuchel after getting on well with Lampard.
He said: “You know what can happen if results aren’t good enough. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a manager sacked.
“We’ll have to see what type of system he [Tuchel] favours.
“I don’t mind whether I play on the right wing or in the middle, just so long as I can play. For me that is the main thing.
“I always have faith in myself. I know what I can do, and I won’t put pressure on myself.
“The best of Hakim Ziyech is yet to come.”
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