Hakim Ziyech has revealed his relief at biding his time for his big move to Chelsea rather than joining Arsenal or Barcelona two years ago.

Morocco winger Ziyech had previously talked of a “dream” switch from Ajax to the Gunners or the Catalan giants, but neither move materialised.

Ziyech stayed put in Amsterdam and helped Ajax reach the 2019 Champions League semi-finals before joining Chelsea in a £40million deal this summer.

Now the 27-year-old is happily installed at Stamford Bridge and chasing full fitness after a knee problem, and he admitted his delight at holding out for his big Premier League switch.