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Potter offers hope to Ziyech over Chelsea FC future after World Cup exploits

Ziyech played the starring role in Morocco’s fourth-place finish in the World Cup, showcasing all of his creative repertoire on the world stage in Qatar.

The 29-year-old struggled to similarly win at Stamford Bridge, leaving AC Milan to watch his situation closely in a bid to lure the former Ajax playmaker to Serie A.

Ziyech has featured just nine times for Chelsea this season but boss Potter still sees a crucial role for the talented striker.

“He was a bit far from the first XI when we arrived at the club,” Potter said. “But he was involved and we know his qualities. We love him as a player, and he’s someone who plays between the lines.

World Cup heroism: Hakim Ziyech may still have a future at Chelsea under Graham Potter

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Ziyech joined Chelsea in 2020 as part of Frank Lampard’s Blues overhaul. Lampard saw securing Ziyech’s serves and game-changing abilities as a major blow but was never able to get the most out of the mercurial striker.

Thomas Tuchel’s preferred system offered little opportunity for Ziyech to showcase his specific talents, but Potter isn’t about to give up on carving out the right niche for himself at Stamford Bridge.

“You can always talk a lot at Chelsea because there will always be good players who aren’t in the starting XI, and you have to be patient,” Potter said.

“But we were delighted with him, and delighted for him at the World Cup, I stayed in touch with him throughout the tournament. He’s a good guy and he has quality.”

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