Hakim Ziyech: a mesmerising talent who is not afraid to speak his mind

The Ajax winger who is joining Chelsea in the summer has criticised coaches and teammates in the past but also developed into a world-class player

“I say what I think and that’s why I’m not the easiest guy for some coaches.” Many things can be said about Chelsea’s new €44m signing, Hakim Ziyech, but one thing is for sure: he is not a yes man.

The quote comes from an interview I did with him in 2015, when he was at Twente, and few people at the club were spared. He was brutally honest about what he felt the problems were with the coach, most of his teammates and the board.

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