Former Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi believes Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech would help the Rossoneri, although he must show the right ‘attitude and motivation.’
The Morocco international is one of Milan’s targets in the January transfer window.
Today’s edition of La Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that the Rossoneri are ready to make a loan offer with an option to buy for €15m. According to the report, the Morocco international is even ready to cut his wages to join the Serie A champions.
“I watched him against Spain. He has technique and pace. I must admit that many thought he’d become a champion when he was at Ajax, but he has slowed down a little, he is not always among the starters at Chelsea,” Sacchi, a former Italy and Milan coach, told Gazzetta.
“He is very fast, he can play in any of the three roles behind the centre forward. He used to play on the left at Ajax, but he can adapt anywhere. He must have enthusiasm, team spirit and motivation.”
So, could he be helpful to Milan?
“I repeat, he has quality, but the technique is not the only thing a player needs to succeed. The mentality is crucial.
“I don’t know Ziyech personally, so I can’t judge him. I trust Maldini, Pioli and Massara who have gotten very few things wrong so far. If they are convinced that he can be useful, then they should go for him.
“Those who join Milan must understand that they have arrived in the second biggest team in the world after Real Madrid. Whoever arrives must be grateful to the club. Many have returned to life thanks to Milan, while those who left have often struggled, think of Kaka or Shevchenko.”
Ziyech, 29, has only made eight appearances with the Blues this season but has been shining in Qatar with Morocco, having contributed to two goals in four appearances (one goal and one assist), helping his national team qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time in history.
Ziyech joined Chelsea in a €40m deal from Ajax in 2020 and has scored 14 goals in 92 appearances with the Blues. His contract at Stamford Bridge expires in June 2025.