Thomas Tuchel reveals plans for ‘very ambitious’ Hakim Ziyech amid transfer speculation

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Thomas Tuchel reveals plans for ‘very ambitious’ Hakim Ziyech amid transfer speculation
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Chelsea have no plans to keep allow Hakim Ziyech to leave in January, Thomas Tuchel insists.

The Morocco winger has been heavily-linked with a move when the transfer window reopens, with AC Milan among the clubs believed to be interested.

Ziyech has struggled to establish himself under Tuchel, with injuries impacting his form since his move from Ajax last year. And with Chelsea boasting an embarrassment of riches in attack, he faces a battle for regular playing time.

But Tuchel is adamant the 28-year-old remains a part of his plans and will remain at least until the end of the season.

“At the moment here in Cobham there are no thoughts about his future,” said the Chelsea manager. “There are no thoughts about a potential change, swap deal or whatever in winter.

“I have talked to nobody about that here in Cobham. Hakim was not in my office expressing a wish like this so right now, he is a full member of the squad.”

Tuchel’s preferred forward line consists of Romelu Lukaku, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz. He has made it clear he cannot guarantee Ziyech regular football, but is hopeful he can rediscover his finest form after overcoming a shoulder injury suffered at the start of the season.

Tuchel added: “He was brilliant in pre-season. He had an injury which was a huge setback. He played after the shoulder injury with pain and with huge protection, which kept him from being totally free, which is necessary for his game and movements and position and style of play.

“Now he’s stepped up in the last games. We had some injuries and he took the chance to have more game time. He was decisive. He assisted, he scored, it’s good.

“He is an important guy, a very talented guy, a very ambitious guy, and he’s a full part of our squad.

“He was last season, he is this season and we expect the very best of him all the time. But it’s tough competition. I cannot let everybody play all the time 90 minutes. It’s simply impossible.”

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