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Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech: I never planned to be pro player

Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech admits he's surprised himself with his success in Holland.

Ziyech will leave Ajax at the end of this season to join the Blues.

He said, “I didn't even dream of one day being voted the best player in the country.

“When I was a kid in Dronten, I played my first games when I was five-years-old and within one season a bigger club approached me to play for them.

“Two years later, I signed for Heerenveen and even then it still did not go through my mind that I could become a professional footballer one day.

“All I did was play five-a-side on the streets with my big brothers and other big lads. I was always the smallest kid.

“You had to prove that you could play - and I think I managed to show them I could play well.

“I learnt how to take kicks and knocks. Some big lads would take into account that I was still a small boy, but others did not give a monkey's

“They would go in hard. But it never bothered me. In fact, I did not care about anything in the world. As long as I could be out there every day."


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