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12:00 AM, February 14, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:19 AM, February 14, 2020

Chelsea get Ziyech for just €40m

Hakim Ziyech will join Chelsea from Dutch champions Ajax this summer in a 40 million-euro deal, the two clubs confirmed Thursday.

The announcement ends days of speculation over the future of the 26-year-old attacking midfielder, a Moroccan international.

"Ajax and Chelsea have reached an agreement for the transfer of Hakim Ziyech. The player will join the Premier League club on July 1st 2020 and will finish the season in Amsterdam," the Eredivisie champions said in a statement.

Chelsea confirmed the deal, praising Dutch-born Ziyech as a "prolific scorer throughout his career."

"Ziyech is a left-footed attacker who is comfortable playing off the right flank and coming inside, as he has often done in recent years to such devastating effect for Ajax, or on the left to attack with width and deliver into the box," Chelsea said.

The London-based side added: "The move is subject to the player agreeing personal terms and he will remain at the Dutch club for the rest of this season."

Ziyech joined Ajax in 2016 from fellow Eredivisie club FC Twente for a fee of 11 million euros, and has now scored 49 goals in 160 appearances for Ajax. His contract at Ajax was due to run until June 2022.

Ziyech was a key figure in Ajax's sensational run to the Champions League semifinals last year. But he reportedly wanted more football in Europe's top flight after the Dutch side were eliminated in the group stage this year -- in part because they lost at home to Chelsea and later threw away a three-goal lead at Stamford Bridge.

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