·2 February 2023
·2 February 2023
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech really wanted to leave Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window, journalist Dean Jones has told GiveMeSport.
The 29-year-old was a late target for Paris Saint-Germain but saw a move to the French club collapse on deadline day.
Last month, the reliable Fabrizio Romano informed GMS that Ziyech was attracting a lot of interest.
It was PSG, though, who seemed to be really keen on the Moroccan. However, in the end, they were not able to get anything done.
According to The Telegraph, his loan to the Ligue 1 side was cancelled after agreement documents were received too late.
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The same outlet has now claimed that relations between PSG and Chelsea have hit rock bottom.
Jones says Ziyech was desperate to leave Chelsea and has described this as a "really tough moment" for the Morocco international.
Speaking to GMS, the transfer insider said: "He wanted to move away from Chelsea. A lot of people are saying, 'He just got into the team.' He hasn't really got into the team. Chelsea have got no options at the moment and they've got Joao Felix about to come back from suspension.
"They've signed [Mykhailo] Mudryk and Raheem Sterling is back. It won't be long, probably literally a few weeks, before Ziyech is not even in consideration for that first XI. It's a really tough moment for him."
It looks very likely. As Jones touched on, Graham Potter now has a lot of attacking options.
On top of Mudryk and Sterling, the Chelsea boss also has the likes of Mason Mount and Noni Madueke at his disposal. Christopher Nkunku is set to arrive ahead of the 2023/24 season as well, while there is always the possibility that the Blues buy Felix outright after his loan.
When you consider the above, you would expect Ziyech, who cost his current club around £38m when he joined from Ajax in 2020, as reported by the Daily Mail, to still leave Stamford Bridge.
Whether a move to the Parc des Princes is still a possibility, though, remains to be seen. It is clear that there is now a bit of bad blood between PSG and Chelsea.
Whatever the case, Ziyech probably needs to part ways with Chelsea, who have practically revamped their whole attack.
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