Hakim Ziyech Signs Ajax Contract Extension Amid Bayern Munich Transfer Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2019

Ajax's Moroccan midfielder Hakim Ziyech celebrates after scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Ajax Amsterdam and Tottenham Hotspur at the Johan Cruyff Arena, in Amsterdam, on May 8, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)        (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Hakim Ziyech has agreed a new contract with Ajax, with the Moroccan midfielder set to stay at the club until 2022.

The Dutch champions confirmed the new deal on Twitter:

AFC Ajax @AFCAjax

You asked for magic? 🎩 #ExtendingZiyech https://t.co/TsQ6rIr0kc

AFC Ajax @AFCAjax

Hakim is happy, what about you? πŸ˜‰ #ExtendingZiyech https://t.co/ypst7fx0AD

Ziyech's previous contract was due to expire at the end of the 2020-21 season, and it will be a relief to Ajax supporters that he has committed his future to the club.

The news should also put a short-term dampener on rumours regarding a possible departure for Ziyech. Per Goal, Bayern Munich have been linked with the 26-year-old recently, with their other summer target Leroy Sane suffering a knee injury in Manchester City's Community Shield showdown with Liverpool.

It's a shock there hasn't been more speculation regarding Ziyech throughout the summer, as last season he was one of the standout attacking players in European football.

Ziyech was a crucial part of Ajax's memorable 2018-19 season, netting 16 goals and 13 assists as the team romped to the Eredivisie title. Ajax also won the KNVB Cup and made a surprise run to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, where they were eventually beaten by Tottenham Hotspur.

Ziyech showed he was capable of mixing it on the highest stage in European football. He scored three goals and grabbed three assists in the Champions League, including this one against Spurs in the semis:

UEFA Champions League @ChampionsLeague

πŸ’« A magical season for Hakim Ziyech 🎩 ⚽️3⃣ πŸ…°οΈ3⃣ #UCL | @AFCAjax https://t.co/MCvgeEn7o7

Per OptaJohan, Ziyech has been a key creator for the team since his arrival in Amsterdam:

OptaJohan @OptaJohan

358 - Hakim Ziyech created 358 chances in the Eredivisie since his debut for @AFCAjax in Sept 2016, at least 121 more than any other player. Extended. https://t.co/JcZTmhfbYu

The Morocco star typically played in the wide positions last season, where he was able to cut infield and wreak havoc.

Ziyech's left foot is a hammer, making him a major threat from distance. He can also glide past players and is inventive with his passing around the penalty area.

The extension will be a welcome boost to Ajax supporters.

Per BT Sport Football, the team that gave them so many memories in the 2018-19 season has been picked apart since the end of the campaign:

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

De Ligt - Gone De Jong - Gone Schone - Gone Van de Beek - Possibly going... Ziyech - STAYING βœ… Ajax have tied talented winger Hakim Ziyech down with a contract extension to 2022 πŸ™Œ https://t.co/rklnN47D7H

In addition to Ziyech, David Neres and Dusan Tadic have agreed extensions this summer, meaning Ajax have at least kept intact the attacking trio that was such a threat last season.Β 

Should Ziyech have another season in which he posts similar numbers to the previous one, interest in him is likely to intensify ahead of the January and summer windows. In terms of natural talent, he is good enough to play for some of the biggest clubs in European football.

But for now, his focus is set to be on Ajax, with the Dutch side seeking to build on their sensational previous season.Β  Β Β