Chelsea transfer officials ‘reluctant’ on January switch with Thomas Tuchel stance clear

Chelsea: Hakim Ziyech shows off skills as he trains with squad

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Chelsea’s transfer officials have reportedly not spoken about the prospect of loaning Hakim Ziyech out in the January window. It’s been little over 12 months since Ziyech completed his switch from Ajax to Stamford Bridge.

Injury issues plagued his first season at Chelsea, but he remained a favourite under Frank Lampard when fit and available.

That soon changed under Thomas Tuchel with Ziyech becoming a bit-part player and was left on the bench for the Champions League triumph over Manchester City.

And he’s dropped further down the pecking order this season with Ziyech featuring in just four Premier League games.

The 28-year-old did score a crucial winner against Malmo in the Champions League earlier this month.

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But there has been a growin uncertainty over his future at the club given his lack of minutes.

Reports have linked the winger with a departure in January and Barcelona are the latest to be linked with a move.

It’s been claimed that Chelsea would be willing to entertain a loan deal and Ziyech has previously admitted that his “ultimate dream” would be to move to the Nou Camp.

“Well, I have two clubs. They are Arsenal and Barcelona. That is my ultimate dream,” he said previously.

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However, the Telegraph report that no such discussions on allowing Ziyech to leave on loan in January have taken place.

It is suggested that the Blues may well entertain permanent bids, with a loan deal said to be unattractive given the amount of competitions Chelsea are currently competing in.

The report also points out how Tuchel has indicated that he wouldn’t be too happy if his already small first-team squad shrunk any further.

A club-record fee was spent on Romelu Lukaku while Marcus Bettinelli joined as a free agent with Saul Niguez signing on a loan deal.

But a host of players left Stamford Bridge either on loan or on a permanent basis.

The likes of Tammy Abraham, Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori were all sold for big fees with Chelsea keeping tabs on their spending.

Lukaku has missed Chelsea’s last few games with an injury issue, but he’s expected to be back fit this weekend.

In his absence, the Blues have kept up their impressive form although the dropped two points to Burnley last time out.

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