Erik ten Hag insists former Man United target Hakim Ziyech “must play every week” but refuses to reveal details of his conversation with the former Ajax star after Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
- Erik ten Hag has refused to reveal his chat with Hakim Ziyech on Thursday night
- The Manchester United boss managed the Chelsea winger during his time at Ajax
- The 30-year-old is among the Chelsea players expected to leave this summer.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has refused to disclose his conversation with Hakim Ziyech but insisted the Chelsea winger must “play every week”.
Some Blues fans were not happy with Ten Hag sharing a few words and hugging Ziyech, whom he managed during his time at Ajax, as they left the pitch after United beat Chelsea 4-1 on Thursday night.
The Moroccan international also exchanged shirts with United’s Dutch full-back Tyrell Malacia before heading into the tunnel.
When asked about his conversation with Ziyech, Ten Hag later told Viaplay: ‘That’s between me and Hakim. We have experienced many things together, beautiful things. There is a bond for life.
United confirmed their place in next season’s Champions League with a 4-1 win over Chelsea at Old Trafford on Thursday night with Ziyech coming off the bench for a brief cameo appearance in the last 10 minutes.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag with Hakim Ziyech after the win over Chelsea
The couple shared a few words and hugged as they walked off the court together Thursday night.
Chelsea’s Moroccan winger came off the bench for a brief cameo in the last 10 minutes
Ziyech was part of the Ajax team led by Ten Hag that won the Eredivisie and reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2019.
In 2020, he joined Chelsea but has struggled in west London, making just nine appearances for the Blues this season.
The 30-year-old came close to joining PSG during the January transfer window before the move fell through.
And Ziyech is among the Chelsea players expected to leave this summer.
“He has to play every week,” Ten Hag said.
A footballer like this, in the best moment of his life, must be on the field.
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