Uncertainty at Chelsea as Hakim Ziyech hands in transfer requestFootball
Hakim Ziyech Makes Announcement About His Agent Amid Chelsea Exit Rumors
- Ziyech posted a defiant message on his social media amid growing speculation about his future
- The Moroccan winger insisted transfer decisions and negotiations would be made by him, amid interest from Italy
- His message indicated that he had parted ways with Dutch agency Nakhli Mondia, who have represented him for 12 years
- Chelsea, who are pursuing Raheem Sterling and Raphinha, would be open to cashing in on Ziyech
Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech has spoken for the first time amid an unrelenting rumour mill regarding his future.
The Morocco international has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, and boss Thomas Tuchel openly expressed his willingness to allow Ziyech to leave in the near future.
AC Milan are currently the favorites to sign the 29-year old, although nothing has been concluded as of Friday, July 8.
Amid speculation over where he will play next season, Ziyech added to the uncertainly with a rather vague statement on Instagram.
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The winger stated that he would be taking full control over his own future as far as his football career was concerned, adding that he wanted negotiations to be done through him.
"I have reached a point in my life where I feel the time is right for me to take full control over my professional future," Ziyech said.
"I want negotiations and decisions about my career to be made by me. So moving forward, my team and I, together with our legal representatives, will handle the business side of things.
"Professional interest should be directed to the contact info in my bio. I remain incredibly grateful for your continued support."
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As it stands, Ziyech is highly likely to depart Stamford Bridge, especially with Chelsea closing in on the signature of Raheem Sterling.
Chelsea are also in pursuit of Leeds star Raphinha and if both deals go through, it would further drop Ziyech down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
Milan are currently revamping their squad as they prepare to take on their title defence in the 2022/23 season.
Cristiano upset by reports in media
Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been left fuming at reports about him in recent days.
Ronaldo, who last week expressed desire to leave Man United for a club playing in the Champions League, will not join his team for pre-season on family grounds.
Daily Mail reports that a spokesperson has cleared the air as the striker is said to be unhappy following reports that he refused to return to training.