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Marco van Basten tells Erik ten Hag to sign Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech for Man Utd

Marco van Basten believes Hakim Ziyech could thrive under 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 begun work with United after Ajax’s season ended over the weekend and is tasked with getting the club back on track after a woeful campaign.

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

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

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

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

Hakim Ziyech was a key part of Erik ten Hag’s Ajax side (Getty)

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

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

‘You take that in and then you have to continue to work well with the dressing room and with people within the club.

‘You have to analyse well and make the right choices.’

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

‘I have started working today,’ Ten Hag said.

‘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 organise the staff, make the schedule for next season, and prepare the squad for next season.’

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