Friday, September 29, 2023

Hakim Ziyech given spine-tingling Galatasaray welcome as former Chelsea man conducts 52,000 fans in front of new teammates

Hakim Ziyech may have been unwanted at Chelsea, but at Galatasaray he’s already been given a welcome he’ll never forget.

The Dutch-born Moroccan winger joined the Turkish giants on a free loan deal with a purchase option, and will be delighted with his decision.

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And there was ZiyechbeIN Sports

Seemingly a spare part at Stamford Bridge after almost £1billion worth of spending over the past 18 months, the situation couldn’t have been any more different in Istanbul.

Joining the reigning Super Lig champions, Ziyech’s introduction to supporters was far from normal as he suddenly appeared among the ultras at RAMS Park.

Gala had just taken a 2-0 win over Trabzonspor thanks to a Mauro Icardi double that secured a first league win of the season.

With spirits high, former Arsenal man Lucas Torreira was seen pointing to the stands delighted with his teammates on the pitch, before cameras panned to the home end.

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They followed his movements and exploded with joybeIN Sports

Up on scaffolding stood Ziyech, who was conducting the 52,000 capacity stadium in goosebump-inducing scenes.

The crowd went silent as he put his finger over his lips, and then burst into life and responded to his mimed drum beats in incredible fashion.

Later the sunglasses-wearing 30-year-old climbed down from the stand and entered the pitch with a scarf and shirt, waving to his adoring new fans.

Things might not have gone exactly to plan for the former Ajax man at Chelsea, dropping out of favour last season, but he also departs as a Champions League winner.

And at Galatasaray, he surely won’t have any regrets after a welcome that will surely remain with him for the rest of his life.

Büyük Galatasaray Ailesi’ne hoş geldin Hakim!

— Galatasaray SK (@GalatasaraySK) August 19, 2023

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