Gus Poyet EXCLUSIVE: Former Chelsea midfielder disappointed Hakim Ziyech deal was done AFTER January transfer window closed

Gus Poyet has questioned why Chelsea didn’t complete the signing of Hakim Ziyech during the January transfer window.

The Blues reached an agreement with Ajax to bring the Morocco winger to Stamford Bridge this summer, with the deal being done just 12 days after the January window closed.

This was despite Chelsea being able to sign players in January as they had their transfer ban reduced upon a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Ziyech will officially join Chelsea ahead of the 2020/21 season
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Ziyech, who will cost up to £37million, has since agreed terms on a five-year deal which becomes effective this summer.

Frank Lampard, however, spoke of his frustration over his side’s lack of business towards the end of January and the decision not to strengthen has been further questioned after Chelsea were outclassed by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie earlier this week.

A brace from Serge Gnabry and a lone Robert Lewandowski strike secured the Bundesliga champions a 3-0 away win which all but confirms their place in the competition’s quarter-finals.

The failure to bring in January recruits is a sentiment echoed by former Chelsea midfielder Poyet, who feels Chelsea made a mistake not strengthening during the window.

“Ziyech has plenty of quality,” Poyet exclusively told talkSPORT. “He’ll be an exciting player for the fans.

“I was just disappointed Chelsea didn’t get any players in January, to be honest.

“You cannot have the season you’re having with the transfer ban. Then you go to the appeal – probably spend a lot of money getting that appeal – and showing everybody you want the appeal, and after having the chance to sign in January, you don’t and you sign someone on February 12. It’s strange.

“It’s a new situation, especially for Frank Lampard and his staff. I hope they are able to keep dealing with the situation in the best possible way and finish in the top four.”

Poyet, who has enjoyed spells in England managing Brighton and Sunderland, is currently without a club following a stint in charge of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.

The 52-year-old is keen on a return to management on these shores, having also coached at Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds, but he’s open to offers around the world having been out of the game for over a year.

“My first idea was to try to come back to England,” Poyet added.


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“It’s been a little more difficult than I expected, to be honest. I felt there would be some possibilities, especially during the summer and the first six months of the season, but for whatever reason, it didn’t happen.

“Now, I’m a little bit more open to the world, where there are always opportunities. It’s just a matter of making the right decision.

“I’m not so much looking at the name of the club, but for the people that I would like to be working with, because that’s what you do as you’re working with the people of the club every day.

“When we are kids, we dream to play for the best teams in the world and when you’re a coach, it’s the same. But now at this moment in my career as a coach, I’m looking for people that want to do something in a special way.”


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