Chelsea are not interested in selling Hakim Ziyech this summer, according to the Guardian‘s Fabrizio Romano.
AC Milan have been heavily linked with the Moroccan international in recent weeks, with reports in Italy claiming the winger is unsettled at Stamford Bridge, despite the fact he only arrived in England last summer. However, Romano says stories about the player moving to Serie A are inaccurate:
“There’s nothing advanced [between AC Milan and Chelsea FC] for Hakim Ziyech and Chelsea are not selling him. Although I see around Italy are saying [it could be a] loan with a buy option, at the moment, Chelsea are not considering selling him.”
Even if Blues boss Thomas Tuchel was open to offloading Ziyech, there is no way that the club would be prepared to send him out on loan, particularly after spending €40m (£34m) on the 28-year-old.
The Moroccan’s first season in the Premier League was underwhelming, but fitness problems played a big part in him not being able to make the impact he would have liked.
If Ziyech has a good preseason and impresses Tuchel in the process, there is no reason why he can’t start next campaign as part of the manager’s first-team plans.