Date Posted: Saturday 5th October 2019 11:20
Ajax took the first steps to maintain the services of star Hakim Ziyech by removing the € 30 million exit clause that existed in their contract.
Midfielder Ziyech, who was under contract until 2021, had a brilliant campaign with the Dutch giants last season – leading them to the Champions League semifinals, where they lost to Spurs.
Reports claimed that the Premier League quartet Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Leicester were all interested in the player.While Liverpool and Tottenham were also mentioned as suitors, while there is also interest from Rome and unidentified clubs in Germany and Spain.
Yet, reports this week that Real Madrid observed Ziyech, along with his Ajax teammates Donny van der Beek and David Neres, forced Ajax to take an option in their contract, with From Telegraaf now reporting that it was removed as part of their contract renewal.
And the removal of the clause means that Ajax could demand a much higher fee for selling Ziyech, with the Daily mirror claiming to see the player as "much closer to 50 million euros" in the modern market.
Ziyech's new Ajax contract sees the Moroccan contracted for the club by 2022, but Ziyech's form this season – he has contributed seven goals and four assists in 10 Ajax matches in all competitions so far – means the big weapons will continue to monitor his progress.
Ziyech hasn't revealed much about where he is playing next season, but has already talked about his desire to play in the Premier League, with a particular club on his radar.
“Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. This is my final dream, ”he said in 2017.
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