02 Feb 2023 at 17:28
Manager Graham Potter is confident that Hakim Ziyech will be of value to Chelsea this season. ‘The Blues’ tried to rent the former Ajax player to Paris Saint-Germain on Deadline Day, but the paperwork was not submitted on time due to a blunder by the Londoners.
“Hakim is a professional who understands his situation,” Potter said at his press conference on Thursday. “He is back in England and trained again this morning. Hakim is available for Friday’s game against Fulham. He will be an important player for us for the rest of this season.”
The 29-year-old Ziyech was in the last two league matches, but he is not assured of playing minutes this season. In addition, Chelsea spent more than 300 million euros on new players last month, which threatens to sideline the Morocco international.
Paris Saint-Germain offered Ziyech a way out. The loan transfer seemed done, but it soon became apparent that Chelsea had not submitted the correct forms before the transfer deadline. PSG came to blows in an appeal case with the French Football Association, which means that Ziyech will in principle remain a Chelsea player until the summer.
Hakim Ziyech saw a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain go up in smoke.Photo: Getty Images
“There are some awkward conversations coming up”
Potter realizes that he is faced with a luxury problem due to the many acquisitions. Chelsea pulled out the wallet for Enzo Fernández, Mykhailo Mudryk, Benoît Badiashile and PSV attacker Noni Madueke, among others, but the quality impulse entails a headache.
Chelsea may only register three players with UEFA for the remainder of the European season. The list must be submitted by Thursday evening. “I will have to have some uncomfortable conversations. But that is the reality we are in now,” said Potter, who also foresees a luxury problem at home.
“Only eleven can play and I can’t include everyone in my match selection. As a result, there will always be some disappointed players. But you won’t hear me complain. We have a lot of good players. I see it as a fun and beautiful challenge. “
In any case, Potter will have to perform quickly with his considerably strengthened roster. Chelsea is only tenth in the Premier League. The team is ten points behind number four Manchester United. Only the top four teams are allowed to participate in the Champions League next season. Chelsea reached the eighth finals of the ball of millions this season and will compete against Borussia Dortmund.