Frank Lampard opens up on Chelsea's struggles to unlock the door and his plans for Ziyech
- The Blues agreed a €40m deal with Ajax on Thursday over Ziyech.
- The 'Moroccan Messi' will join Chelsea next season.
- Frank Lampard has followed his progress for a while now.
- He expects the 26-year-old to help the Blues in 'unlocking' tight opposition defences.
The Chelsea boss is all buzzing with our new acquisition. Moreover, he admits following Hakim's progress for a while now.
"I know his qualities," the boss told Chelseafc.com. "He's a player we hope can bring creativity."
"This season, we've come up against him twice so I know a lot about him. He has a great left foot, plays generally off the right-hand side but can play in behind the frontman as well.
The boss already knows where and how to use the Morocco international come next season.
"When you look at us this season, there have been games where we've maybe struggled to unlock the door and he's certainly a player who we hope can bring that bit of creativity.
"He will be something different for us so we're excited. I know he's not coming in now but I think it's exciting for us as a club and for the fans to know that he'll be here next year."
Chelsea successfully negotiated a deal with Ajax on Thursday over a summer move for star playmaker Hakim Ziyech, who is set to become Frank Lampard's first signing since taking over as the manager at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are set to pay an initial fee of €40m to the Dutch giants for the 26-year-old, with the deal potentially rising to €44m including add-ons and performance-related bonuses.