Marco van Basten tells Erik ten Hag to sign Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea to Man Utd

Marco van Basten believes Hakim Ziyech could thrive with Erik ten Hag at Manchester United (Getty)

Marco van Basten has urged Erik ten Hag to sign Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech for Manchester United.

Ten Hag has now started working with United after Ajax’s season ended at the weekend and is tasked with getting the club back on track after a dismal campaign.

Meanwhile, Ziyech has struggled to secure a regular role under Thomas Tuchel this season, starting just 12 Premier League games for Chelsea.

The Moroccan international was a key part of Ten Hag’s Ajax side, which won the Eredivisie title in 2018 before being sold to Chelsea two years later in a £33.3m deal.

And during Ziggo Sport’s ‘Rondo’ show on Monday night, which featured Ten Hag as a guest, Van Basten suggested that Ziyech could also thrive under United’s new manager at Old Trafford.

“What comes to my mind now is that I think Ziyech, who is already playing in England, could be a very good footballer at Manchester United for Erik,” Van Basten said.

Hakim Ziyech has been a key part of Erik ten Hag's Ajax team

Hakim Ziyech is a key player in Erik Ten Hag’s Ajax side (Getty)

However, Ten Hag refused to respond specifically to Van Basten’s suggestion, insisting that he was already used to dealing with transfer speculation before joining United.

‘Of course this was already the case in Ajax,’ Ten Hag said.

‘You assimilate that and then you have to continue working well with the dressing room and with the people within the club.

‘You have to analyze well and make the right decisions.’

Ten Hag also confirmed that he is already preparing for United’s pre-season campaign after deciding not to travel with the Ajax squad for the post-season trip to Curacao.

“I started work today,” said Ten Hag.

I already did the first things with Manchester United today. Tomorrow I will continue with that.

‘I will stay here. I will meet people from Manchester here.

“I will organize the staff, make the schedule for next season, and prepare the team for next season.”

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