It’s a pity for football – Van Basten tells Chelsea winger to leave club
Hakim Ziyech, a winger for Chelsea, has been urged by former Holland manager Marco van Basten to leave the Blues in order to play more frequently for another team.
Van Basten commented that it is unfortunate that Ziyech is not playing more for Chelsea and added that his circumstances at Stamford Bridge are bad for football.
In the Premier League so far this year, Ziyech has only made two appearances.
The Moroccan, who was linked to a number of teams during the summer transfer window, including Tottenham, AC Milan, Manchester United, and Ajax, has started Chelsea's last two games from the bench under new manager Graham Potter.
However, Van Basten believes Ziyech should push for a move away from Chelsea in the January transfer window.
“There is another transfer window coming up,” Van Basten told Ziggo Sport.
“It is sad and a shame. Ziyech is a great player. We have to see someone like that. We watch TV for such a player and we come to the stadium.
“It is a pity for the whole of football that he is on the bench." If these kinds of players do not get minutes, it is not good for football. "
He added, “There should actually be a rule that clubs can only have a certain number of players.
So they [Chelsea] have way too many and that actually makes football less interesting. A player like Ziyech could just play at another club and entertain the fans.
“Soon, there will be teams that have 35 players, five or six of whom have never played." They could excel at other clubs.
“All competitions must be reduced to eighteen clubs." Then you play a few fewer matches. Then you can’t use more than, say, 26 players during the season.
“You see that it is possible." At Real Madrid, for example. They just have a normal selection of just eighteen to twenty players who always play. So, in principle, that should be possible.
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