Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech wanted to kick start his career with his loan transfer to Paris Saint-Germain. The 29-year-old has fallen by the wayside at Stamford Bridge and a move to the French capital was seen as ideal in his eyes.
It appeared on Tuesday that Ziyech would be the newest addition to the capital club. Additionally, the Morocco international was in Paris, ready to complete the move. However, the transfer didn’t occur and Chelsea manager Graham Potter shared Ziyech’s emotions after his failed move.
“I spoke with him afterwards,” Potter said in an interview on Thursday. “I mean, obviously, it’s part of football. These things, they can happen. I can only speak on how I found Hakim. He’s been great.
“Well, he’s disappointed to get to that point. And he’s a human being. You know, you think you’re in one place and then you’re in a different place, but he’s professional, he knows the game, he knows life, he’s supportive of us, the support of the team, and he wants to just get back and help and play.”
🗣️ “He’s disappointed when you get to that point but he’s professional, he knows the game, he knows life. He wants to just get back and help and play.”
Graham Potter on Hakim Ziyech’s failed move to PSG on deadline day. 🇲🇦❌ pic.twitter.com/cgQ13OCW1X
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 2, 2023
Chelsea reportedly sent the wrong documents three times, holding up the loan transfer of Ziyech to PSG. The French giants attempted to appeal the situation to the Ligue de Football Professionnel; nonetheless, the plea was denied despite the LFP agreeing The Blues were at fault.
Now Ziyech will have to put the emotional rollercoaster behind him as he’ll have to either finish off the rest of the 2022-23 season with the English club or search for a club where the transfer window is open, like in Turkey, where it closes on Feb. 8.