‘Difficult to say’: £33m playmaker lifts lid on his future, amid claims Newcastle want to sign him
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‘Difficult to say’: £33m playmaker lifts lid on his future, amid claims Newcastle want to sign him

Chelsea playmaker and Newcastle United target Hakim Ziyech has spoken of his future beyond the World Cup.

Speaking with Dutch outlet NOS, the Morocco international failed to rule out a prospective move away from Stamford Bridge in January.

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During the summer, CBS journalist Ben Jacobs reported the Magpies’ interest in the 29-year-old on The Done Deal Show.

Romano says Chelsea were only open to permanent deals when the window was open, so perhaps this is why a deal failed to come to fruition.

Newcastle target Ziyech speaks of his future

Having arrived in West London back in 2020 in a deal worth £33m, the winger has fallen down the pecking order in recent months.

Thus far this season, Ziyech has made just five Premier League appearances. However, only one of those have come from the starting XI. This is a similar story in the Champions League as well, having come on as a substitute in only three of six matches – gracing the bench in the others.

Despite this, the attacker has forced his way back into Morocco’s World Cup side. Yesterday he played the full 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Croatia.

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With the group stages available to be used as a demonstration of his abilities ahead of January, the likes of Newcastle will be monitoring how he gets on out in Qatar.

The electric wide-man has a varied skillset, with an incredible long pass and blistering shot in his locker.

With Eddie Howe’s side looking to add quality in depth to the squad, Ziyech could be a brilliant playmaker to bring in.