The Two Clubs That Are Hakim Ziyech's 'Ultimate Dream' To Play For
Hakim Ziyech will no doubt have a number of clubs keen on him acquiring him this summer and the man himself might just get his dream move as a result.
That's because a 2017 interview involving the Moroccan has re-emerged and sees him state his desire to play for Arsenal.
Asked by then teammate Justin Kluivert who would he like to play for in the future as part of a chat for Ajax TV, Ziyech replied: "Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream."
Ziyech: Which club would you like to go to in the future?
Kluivert: Thats a good question, I like English football but my ultimate dream would be barca. And your ultimate dream?
Ziyech: Well i have 2 clubs those are Arsenal and Barcelona. Those are my ultimate dream pic.twitter.com/WuiZ45pEOJ
- Ilias (@AfcLacazette_) May 18, 2019
Ziyech: "Which club would you like to go to in the future?"
Kluivert: "I like English football but my ultimate dream would be barca. And your ultimate dream?"
Ziyech: "Well I have two clubs those are ARSENAL and Barcelona. Those are my ultimate dream."
Do your thing @arsenal! :sob: pic.twitter.com/ia56KfGgKv
- Arsenal Editor (@Arsenal_Editor) May 19, 2019
Then when quizzed on whether he has a football idol he looks up to, Ziyech picked out Arsenal's No.10. "Yes, I actually do have one. [Mesut] Ozil," he answered before stating he is "not even close" to Ozil's level.
Ziyech has just completed a wonderful season for Ajax, scoring 21 goals and chipping in with 24 assists for Erik ten Hag's side in all competitions as they completed a domestic double and reached the Champions League semi-finals.
A series of stunning performances has prompted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich - with the latter already believed to have reached out to the 26-year old's representatives.
And Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has confirmed that Ziyech will be allowed to leave the club this summer.
"He leaves when a top club comes," Overmars said.
"He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League. Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim [that we would] agree to a good transfer."
It has been reported, namely by The Mirror, that the former FC Twente man has a release clause of £25 million - which would prove incredible value for any top European outfit.
Signed for just €11 million euros in 2016, Ziyech has gone on to contribute to over 100 goals in his time at Ajax, winning the club's Player of the Year award in consecutive years.