Ajax confirm signing of Hakim Ziyech from FC Twente

Ajax confirm signing of Hakim Ziyech from FC Twente

Ajax have confirmed the signing of attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech from Dutch rivals FC Twente.

Ziyech came up through the ranks at SC Heerenveen, making 40 league appearances following his first-team breakthrough in 2012, which in turn earned him a move to Twente two years later.

The 23-year-old blossomed at De Grolsch Veste, proving his eye for goal over the last two seasons.

Those performances in the Eredivisie evidently caught Ajax’s attention, as the Dutch giants look to reassert their domestic dominance, last winning the title in 2013/14.

The club are now managed by former Vitesse Arnhem and Maccabi Tel-Aviv boss Peter Bosz, who took over from Frank de Boer earlier this summer.

Bosz will be hoping that Ziyech can replicate his Twente form at the Amsterdam Arena, with the Morocco international scoring 17 goals in the Eredivisie last term.

Prior to his Ajax switch, he also managed two goals in four league appearances this season, helping The Tukkers to two victories.

Ajax sit fourth in the Dutch top-flight at this early stage on seven points, three behind champions PSV Eindhoven in second and five adrift of leaders Feyenoord, while Twente are a point further back in sixth.

Next up for Bosz’s men following the international break is a home clash with Vitesse, before their opening Europa League fixture at Panathinaikos.

Hakim Ziyech has created 11 chances in the Eredivisie this season.