sport news Ziyech magic: Hypnotic cross-fields passes, sumptuous in-swinging crosses and a ...

Chelsea caused a stir of excitement among the fan base this week, after confirming themselves victors in the long race to sign Ajax gem Hakim Ziyech.

The Dutch-born Moroccan will arrive at Stamford Bridge in summer as Frank Lampard's first major signing, after the two clubs struck an agreement on a £37million deal.

With some months to go until the 26-year-old's arrival, Sportsmail peered through the archives to sift out the moments when Ziyech really showed he was a class apart from the rest.

Hakim Ziyech will become a Chelsea player in summer after a £37million deal was agreed

Hakim Ziyech will become a Chelsea player in summer after a £37million deal was agreed 

The pass master

A clip did the rounds last season during the Champions League group stages. 

You've seen it numerous times, no doubt. We all have. It's perhaps one of the most aesthetically pleasing passes ever executed. 

Collecting the ball on the right flank, Ziyech took a touch to compose himself and set the ball, before launching the most artistic of cross-field long passes.

A subtle right to left trajectory saw the ball pierce the Bavarian air at stunning speed. As soon as Ziyech's left foot connected with the ball it was obvious the pass would be on target.

Marauding right wing-back Nicolas Tagliafico was hammering down the opposite touchline, graciously waiting to collect the ball in his stride before taking on an opponent. Such was the delicacy of Ziyech's pass, all the hard work was already done.

Ziyech's pass against Bayern Munich last season quickly became a viral internet sensation

Ziyech's pass against Bayern Munich last season quickly became a viral internet sensation

Defying physics

There are those players who do things with a football which appear to go completely against the rules.

great Roberto Carlos is a prime example.

And yet, while Ziyech still has some way to go to having his ball striking compared to the Brazilian maestro, he's certainly on his way.

During last season's Champions League semi-final thriller with Tottenham, Ziyech fizzed an effort past Hugo Lloris which seemed to bend the rules of physics to its own will.

After receiving a cut-back pass from the left Ziyech, entering the opposition area, wrapped his foot around the ball in such a way that it curled away from goal but still found its way tucked into the corner of the far post.

The net was rippling before Ziyech himself even planted two feet back on the floor. Loris simply had no chance. Spurs defenders were left rubbing their eyes in astonishment.

The ball fizzed into the back of the net before Ziyech even landed back down on two feet

The ball fizzed into the back of the net before Ziyech even landed back down on two feet

Long-shot expert

A good measure of a player's confidence comes in seeing where on the field he is willing to make an effort on goal.

For Ziyech, the answer to this is quite simply... anywhere.

Whether cutting in from the wing, or being played centrally in a conventional No.10 role, Ziyech has displayed time and time again that he is willing to take a crack from distance if the conditions permit it.

Much to Chelsea fan delight, more often that not he strikes gold.

Last season, against Valencia in the Champions League, Ziyech took matters into his own hands by calmly cutting in from the left and sending a looping effort into the top corner, right on the postage stamp.

He peeled away

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