EPL: It’s a pity for football – Van Basten tells Chelsea winger to leave club


 

Former Holland manager, Marco van Basten, has urged Chelsea winger, Hakim Ziyech to leave the Blues in a bid to get more game time at another club.

Van Basten said it is a pity that Ziyech is not getting more minutes at Chelsea, adding that his situation at Stamford Bridge is not good for football.

Ziyech has made just two appearances in the Premier League so far this season.

The Moroccan, who was linked with several clubs such as Tottenham, AC Milan, Man United and Ajax in the summer transfer window, has been left on the bench by new Chelsea manager Graham Potter in their last two matches.

However, Van Basten believes Ziyech should push for a move away from Chelsea in the January transfer window.

“There is another transfer window coming up,” Van Basten told Ziggo Sport.

“It is sad and a shame. Ziyech is a great player. We have to see someone like that, we watch TV for such a player and we come to the stadium.

“It is a pity for the whole of football that he is on the bench. If these kinds of players do not get minutes, it is not good for football.”

He added, “There should actually be a rule that clubs can only have a certain number of players.

“So they [Chelsea] have way too many and that actually makes football less interesting. A player like Ziyech could just play at another club and entertain the fans.

“Soon, there will be teams that have 35 players, five or six of whom never play. They could excel at other clubs.

“All competitions must be reduced to eighteen clubs. Then you play a few fewer matches. Then you can’t use more than, say, 26 players during the season.

“You see that it is possible. At Real Madrid, for example. They just have a normal selection and just eighteen to twenty players who always play. So in principle, that should be possible.”

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