Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has revealed how he has learned a lot from club legend Eden Hazard after calling him an inspiration.
The technically gifted Morocco international became the first signing under Frank Lampard after Chelsea agreed a fee with Ajax back in February.
A move was hastened after the Blues boss saw first-hand the skills Hakim Ziyech possessed in the Champions League.
And the 27-year-old winger has already been flaunting his talents at Stamford Bridge this season, scoring one goal and contributed three assists in six Premier League appearances but his deliveries from the right-wing have looked quality in recent times.
Frank Lampard had been desperate for creativity from his squad after a tough season breaking teams down last campaign.
The Blues have lacked a player with a touch of magic since Hazard, who used to be able to turn a game on its head on his own.
The Belgian captain left for Real Madrid before Frank Lampard arrived as manager while the club could not replace him due to a transfer ban.
And though Ziyech and Hazard are very different players, some comparisons have been made and It has led to the Ex-Ajax playmaker stating that he has been inspired by the Belgian and revealing he has been learning a lot by watching his style of play.
He said: ‘Eden is a world-class player.
‘You always take inspiration from that, how he plays the game and you always look at the small things, how he does stuff and I can learn a lot from him.
‘I’m happy, I feel good. I feel at home and those things are the most important when you perform on the pitch.
‘I always know what I’m capable of doing. I always trust in myself, I’m calm in my head. Peaceful. And all the other things will come by themselves.’
Despite the frustration of Sunday, Ziyech insists that Chelsea’s expensively assembled squad are convinced they can be title challengers this season.
He added: ‘Of course we can make a challenge.
‘You always have to believe in it. It starts from believing in it and then working every day harder. At the need of the day we will see what it brings.
‘But you have to believe it is possible and that is what we are doing. We believe it.’