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Ex-Chelsea striker Cascarino compares Ziyech to Man City winger Mahrez

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has compared Hakim Ziyech to Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez.

The Blues sealed a deal for the Ajax winger on Thursday, with reports claiming the summer move will be worth €40 m.

Cascarino told talkSPORT: "He has got everything.

"He is a great set-piece taker. A bit like Mahrez, he can go at people, he can dribble. He can just go at you and go past you. Fantastic assist record, a hell of a talent and I think Chelsea are very lucky to get him.

"What people don't know about Ziyech is that when he got to Ajax he was bought for €11m. Now Ajax don't spend money, they always bring in the kids.

"He was bought for €11m, which was big money for a side like Ajax at that particular time. He is a real talent and I think will be a fantastic addition to Chelsea Football Club."

Cascarino added: "He's like Mahrez physique wise, he will go past you, he will see passes, he's quite direct, he's just got a great array of set-pieces that he will take and get on the ball.

"He has got everything in the game. He destroyed Real Madrid last year, he really played a big part in them getting the better of Madrid.

"He had a few issues, people questioned a few issues in his personal life but he's obviously overcome them. He has got everything."

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