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By The Atlas Lions, May 17 2019 10:11PM

Arsenal and Manchester United have both been linked with the Moroccan star - but so too have Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund


Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars has confirmed that Hakim Ziyech will leave the club this summer - it's just a matter of where.


Ziyech, the left-footed Moroccan international, played a starring role in the Dutch club's run to the Champions League semi-finals.


The 26-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable campaign in Amsterdam, scoring 21 goals and registering 24 assists for Erik ten Hag's side as they completed a domestic double.


Scouts have flocked to the Johan Cruyff Arena to keep tabs on the club's star names, and Ziyech has impressed.


Manchester United , Arsenal and Liverpool have all been watching him - as have Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, with the pair eyeing him as replacement for Arjen Robben and Christian Pulisic respectively.


Bayern have already made contact with the player's representatives.


Ziyech has been non-committal on his future thus far, saying after the club sealed the Dutch title this week "That [a move] will come by itself. When that happens, everyone will automatically hear it."


Ajax are resigned to losing the ex-Twente star for a relatively meagre £25million, due to a release clause in his contract.


But Overmars admits he will go with their blessing.


"He leaves when a top club comes," said the Ajax boss. "He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League.


"Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer."


Ziyech was named the club's player of the year after his displays.


He is expected to be part of the Morocco squad at this summer's Africa Cup of Nations also, with the Atlas Lions having been drawn in Group D, alongside Namibia, South Africa and Ivory Coast.


https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/ajax-confirm-hakim-ziyech-leave-16162139

By The Atlas Lions, May 16 2019 06:54PM

(Goal.com) The Morocco internationals played key roles during the 2018-19 season as the Sons of Gods completed a domestic double


Hakim Ziyech has been named Ajax’s Player of the Year and his compatriot Noussair Mazraoui got the Talent of the Year award.


Coach Erik ten Hag made the announcement, on behalf of the supporters, during the end of season ceremony in Amsterdam on Thursday.


Ziyech and Mazraoui helped Ajax end their five-year wait for a league title on Wednesday, and they also played a part in Ajax's Dutch Cup triumph.


Ziyech impressed the world with his outstanding performances for Ajax during the Uefa Champions League, inspiring them to the semi-finals where they eventually lost to Tottenham Hotspur on the away goals rule.


During the 2018-19 season, Ziyech contributed 19 goals and 16 assists in 43 outings across all competitions while Mazraoui provided four goals and an assist in 42 matches.


Ziyech’s future at the Johan Cruyff Arena remains uncertain with several European clubs including Bayern Munich and Real Madrid reported to be targeting a summer move for him.


Next month, the duo are expected to play crucial roles for Morocco at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


The Atlas Lions have been drawn in Group D against Namibia, South Africa and Ivory Coast.

By The Atlas Lions, May 6 2019 11:00AM

By Mirror


EXCLUSIVE: Tottenham rivals Ajax's Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mazraoui won't eat or drink during daylight hours for four days in run-up to Champions League semi decider


Ajax stars Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mazraoui have told the club that they are going to fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.


But Dutch fitness guru Raymond Verheijen has warned the pair, who will not be consuming any food or liquids during daylight hours from Sunday, that they will suffer physically at a crucial stage of the season for Treble-chasing Ajax.


The Amsterdam side face Willem II in the Dutch Cup Final on Sunday, then host Tottenham on Wednesday night in the second leg of a Champions League semi-final they lead 1-0 and are ahead of PSV Eindhoven only on goal difference at the top of the Eredivisie with two games to go.


Verheijen said: “It would be irresponsible if Ziyech and Mazraoui stick to the fasting requirements of Ramadan at this stage of the season. Ajax’s situation is extreme - everyone is aware of that.


“The players’ bodies will be deregulated, as they will be changing a pattern of training and diet of the past 11 months.


“If you do this now, in the ultimate performance weeks of the season, it is like throwing a spanner in a wheel. Their blood sugar level will be lower - and that means less and less energy. Not only does that make athletes less alert, it will also send weaker signals to the muscles of the body.”


Ziyech played all but three minutes of last week's first leg in north London, while Mazraoui came on as a substitute just after the hour.


Verheijen added: “The sun sets on Wednesday night at 21.18 in local time and the second leg of the semi-final kicks off at 21.00. You can’t play without eating before the game. And what about if this match goes to extra time, with Tottenham leading 1-0?


“I expect the players to realise that this is almost impossible for them.”


Ajax coach Erik ten Hag refuses to ask any of his squad to put their fitness needs ahead of their religious beliefs. He said: “It is the choice of my players. I leave this entirely up to them."

By The Atlas Lions, May 5 2019 08:42PM

(Goal.com) The African stars were on parade at Feyenoord Stadium as the Sons of Gods lifted their ninth Cup title on Sunday


Morocco duo Hakim Ziyech, Noussair Mazraoui and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana helped Ajax win the Dutch Cup with a 4-0 win over Willem II.


Ziyech provided an assist for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to double Ajax's lead a minute after Daley Blind opened the scoring in the 38th minute.


After the restart, Huntelaar bagged his brace in the 67th minute before Mazraoui assisted Rasmus Kristensen for the fourth goal in the 76th minute.


Ziyech was later replaced by David Neres in the 58th minute as Onana kept a clean sheet for the Amsterdam outfit.


The trio will hope to maintain their fine form when Ajax host Tottenham Hotspur for the return fixture of their Uefa Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.


Ziyech and Mazraoui are expected to play a part in Morocco’s campaign at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.


The Atlas Lions have dates set against Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa and Namibia in Group D while Onana’s Cameroon have been drawn against Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Benin in Group F.

By The Atlas Lions, Apr 24 2019 06:20AM

Goal.com


Hakim Ziyech was on target as Ajax walloped Vitesse 4-2 in Tuesday’s Dutch Eredivisie encounter.


The Morocco international was handed his 27th league appearance by manager Erik ten Hag and he impressed, helping his side to strengthen their lead on the table.


Ziyech opened the scoring in the 41st minute after receiving a pass from Dusan Tadic to ignite the goals surge.


Ziyech featured for 63 minutes before he was substituted for David Neres while Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana was on parade for the entire duration of the game.


The 26-year-old winger has now scored 16 goals in the league and 20 in all competitions this season.


The victory saw Ajax open a three-point gap on the table and will hope to increase their winning streak to five games when they clash with Tottenham Hotspur for their semi-final Champions League game on April 30.


Ziyech will look forward to replicating the impressive club performances for Morocco in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.


The Atlas Lions start their campaign in the tournament against Namibia on June 23 before they take on Ivory Coast on June 28 and wrap up their Group D games against South Africa on July 1.

By The Atlas Lions, Apr 20 2019 09:58AM

(Goal.com) The Moroccan has garnered plenty of attention from top clubs with his displays for the Eredivisie side over the past three seasons


Hakim Ziyech has suggested he may not be ready to leave Ajax after this season comes to an end, saying he is "someone who is very picky".


The 26-year-old has been reported to have had admirers in the past thanks to strong seasons in the Eredivisie with FC Twente and later Ajax.


But Ziyech has seemingly taken things to a higher level this term for Ajax during a remarkable campaign for himself individually and the club as a whole.


The Morocco international has scored 19 goals and added 20 assists in all competitions, with Ajax in first place domestically and having sensationally defeated Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League knockout stage to advance to the semi-final round, where they will face Tottenham.


That form has led to increased reported transfer interest from around Europe, with Arsenal and Bayern Munich just two of the many teams linked with the 26-year-old.


Though many expect him to move on at season's end, Ziyech has warned he isn't necessarily ready to leave the Johan Cruyff Arena and only will seek an exit if the right situation appeals to him.


“Anything is possible," the attacking midfielder told Inside Ajax.


“I am always someone who is very picky and there must be a club that I want to trade in for Ajax. That doesn’t just happen.”


Ziyech, who joined Ajax from Twente in 2016, has a contract with the club through the 2020-21 season.


He is one of many players who the Dutch club will face a battle to keep past the season, with the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and David Neres among those drawing eyes from Europe's top sides, while Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to a move to Barcelona.


Ajax are currently level on points with PSV atop the Eredivisie table, and will take on Groningen in league play on Saturday.


Their Champions League semi-final with Spurs begins with the first leg on April 30, before the return leg a week later.

By The Atlas Lions, Apr 18 2019 10:44AM

By Africanfootball.com


Former AFC Ajax midfielder Steven Pienaar says Moroccan star Hakim Ziyech is one of the most underrated players, and would be more highly regarded if he were European.


The 26-year-old Moroccan has been in consistently excellent form for the Eredivisie club through the 2018/19 season, racking up 19 goals and 20 assists in 42 games across all competitions.


Yet it is the likes of Dusan Tadic, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt which have earned most of the plaudits for the Amsterdam giants, particularly in their run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals which has seen them come through a group featuring Bayern Munich before eliminating two of the tournament favourites, Real Madrid and Juventus.


"Ziyech is one of the players that has been playing really well all season, he's the type of player that when you watch him in action, he makes you happy," Pienaar said at a Heineken UEFA Champions League event.


"He's a complete footballer, but underrated, you know if you're not European, you are always underrated."


Ziyech will look to continue his superb form for Ajax as they chase a treble of Eredivisie title, KNVB Cup and Champions League, before turning out for Morocco’s Atlas Lions at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.


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