Ziyech is our player, he will be with us next year

Hakim Ziyech was one of the standout players for Galatasaray on Sunday, scoring two goals. Coach Okan Buruk expects to have the playmaker available for next season as well.

Ziyech is our player, he will be with us next year
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Hakim Ziyech, the 31-year-old Moroccan international, has been playing on loan at Galatasaray from Chelsea for this season.

Initially, Ziyech faced a challenging period marked by injuries that hindered his performance. However, as the season progressed, he managed to overcome these difficulties and hit a rich vein of form. Over the last four matches, he has been particularly impressive, scoring four goals and adding one assist, which includes a standout performance with two goals against Sivasspor.

Galatasaray's coach, Okan Buruk, highlighted Ziyech's situation in his post-match comments, noting the strategic substitutions made to protect the player. "Sometimes we take him out early because we're afraid of injuries and he's at his maximum number of yellow cards," Buruk explained. He humorously added, "I can't afford to get another yellow card myself. That's why we have to be careful. Sometimes we take players out early."

Looking ahead to the future, Buruk expressed confidence that Ziyech will remain with Galatasaray beyond his current loan spell. "Hakim is our player. Next year he will be with us. He is an important and valuable player for us," Buruk stated, underlining Ziyech’s significance to the team. Despite the loan arrangement, Ziyech’s strong performance has made him a central figure in Galatasaray’s plans, and his contract with Chelsea, which runs until the summer of 2025, suggests that any long-term decision will involve further negotiations.

This ongoing commitment to Ziyech underscores Galatasaray's strategy of building a competitive team around proven talents, and the player's successful adaptation to the Turkish league bodes well for his continued impact in Istanbul. As the season winds down, both Ziyech and Galatasaray will be looking to finish strong, with the player's future likely a key topic of discussion in the upcoming transfer window.