In a slightly odd and confusing bit of timing, Chelsea have today announced that the club have reached an agreement for a five-year contract with Hakim Ziyech, who was announced to have signed for the club ten days ago. Ajax even did a whole farewell video and a bunch of social media engagement!
While technically personal terms (contract, etc.) and transfer agreements (fees, etc.) are separate — one’s with the player and the other’s with the team — they’re usually not announced separately and certainly not in this order. (It would’ve been pretty embarrassing to not agree personal terms at this point!)
In any case, Ziyech is now officially-officially a Chelsea player, and now will even get paid! Hurray!
“I am delighted and proud to have signed for such a huge club as Chelsea. I am looking forward to next season and hope we can achieve great things together.”
-Hakim Ziyech; source: Chelsea FC
Of course, he won’t actually be a Chelsea player until after the season, when his transfer becomes FIFA-official, when his registration passes form Ajax to Chelsea during the transfer window. In fact, he won’t offically-officially-officially be a Chelsea player until July 1st, which is when those inter-league registration changes are processed. Isn’t bureaucracy great?
“We are delighted Hakim will be joining us in the summer, having been a key target of the club’s in this last window. He has consistently been one of the most dangerous attacking players in Europe in recent years, which we saw first-hand in our two games against Ajax in the Champions League.
“We wish Hakim and Ajax all the best for the rest of the season and look forward to welcoming him to Stamford Bridge in the summer.”
-Marina Granovskaia; source: Chelsea FC
Meanwhile, Ziyech missed Ajax’s match on Sunday with what was hopefully just a bit of precaution. The 26-year-old had missed a few weeks with a calf injury before making his (rather disappointing) full 90-minute return on Thursday in the 2-0 loss at Getafe. Ajax lost today, too, to Heracles, to complete a rather poor week for the Eredivisie champions.