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Hakim Ziyech refuses to rule out January Chelsea exit

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Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech indicates that a departure from the Premier League side could be a possibility in January.

Hakim Ziyech has acknowledged that departing Chelsea during the January transfer window is a possibility.

Ziyech is currently in his third season at Stamford Bridge with a total of 14 goals and 10 assists being contributed from 92 matches in all competitions.

However, after two years of being in and out of the side, the 29-year-old has fallen further down the pecking order since the arrival of Graham Potter in September.

The Morocco international has been provided with just 270 minutes of football in all competitions, 85 of those minutes coming in the two matches before the World Cup break.

Despite a lively showing against Manchester City in the EFL Cup, Ziyech is thought to remain down Potter’s list of preferences ahead of the turn of the year.

Hakim Ziyech in action for Morocco on September 27, 2022© Reuters

Speculation persists that a number of clubs are monitoring the situation, including Ziyech’s former club Ajax where he produced the best form of his career.

When quizzed on whether a return to the Dutch giants is a possibility, Ziyech left the door open to a second stint in Amsterdam.

Speaking to NOS, the playmaker said: “It’s hard to say, difficult to say. We don’t know what will happen in the winter. It’s football, so it’s difficult to say.”

As well as playing an instrumental part in several pieces of domestic silverware being won, Ziyech contributed 49 goals and 81 assists from just 165 appearances.

Ajax coach Alfred Schreuder on November 1, 2022© Reuters

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