Hakim Ziyech: Moroccan scores in Ajax win after signing new deal

Hakim Ziyech
Ajax star Hakim Ziyech played for Morocco at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt

Hakim Ziyech scored in Ajax's 5-0 win over FC Emmen on Saturday, a day after committing his future to the Dutch club.

After looking set to depart over the last two pre-seasons, the Morocco international signed a new contract that keeps him at Ajax until mid-2022.

The 26-year-old midfielder had been set to leave the Dutch champions before the start of last season after stating his wish to move but he did not find a suitor.

He stayed to help Ajax complete a domestic 2018-19 league and cup double and was a key part of their unexpected progress from the preliminary round of the Champions League all the way to the semi-finals.

That mazy run by Ajax meant Ziyech was again expected to leave, with a move to La Liga in Spain predicted but, according to media reports, turned down an approach from Sevilla and has now settled on spending more time in the Netherlands.

Ajax's Champions League exploits have already seen Frenkie de Jong move to Barcelona and Matthijs de Ligt to Juventus.

After returning from his post-Africa Cup of Nations holidays, Ziyech has opted to stay at the club which he joined from Twente Enschede in September 2016.

His new deal added 12 months to his previous contract, which was due to run out in 2021.

Dutch-born Ziyech was a central figure for Morocco at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt but his missed penalty in the dying seconds against Benin in the last 16 eventually saw his country exit in embarrassing fashion, despite being one of the pre-tournament favourites.

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