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Chelsea signing Ziyech splits pundits after Ajax meltdown: He's p****d off!

Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech has drawn heavy criticism for his antics after defeat to AZ.

The Chelsea signing left former Holland striker Rene van der Gijp unimpressed with his attitude and gesticulating during the game.

Reacting to a poor free-kick made by Ziyech, Van der Gijp told Veronica Inside: "Do you think this is possible?

"I don't think you should do that, dude, just do it normally.

"I don't think you should do this if he's passing to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. I think he will come to you in the peace and quiet to ask who the hell you really think you are!"

Johan Derksen, however, defended Ziyech, who was substituted by coach Erik ten Hag.

"I can also imagine that he was very p****d off going off," said Derksen, who then tackles Ten Hag. "If you have some human knowledge, you know: that boy has such pride and ego, he doesn't want to be exchanged.

"There are players who can make that demand, he is one of those players. He is so big, for Ajax at least, that if he says 'I don't want to be changed', then the trainer shouldn't do that either.

"There were eight who were at least as bad as he, who didn't have that status, he could have changed them. Ziyech can always do something genius in the last second."

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