Rafael van der Vaart backs Spurs to win Premier League if they sign Chelsea star

Rafael van der Vaart believes Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech could turn Tottenham into Premier League title winners.

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The 29-year-old has struggled to make an impact since his £33.3 million move from Ajax in 2020 and has endured a difficult start to the new season having started just one game for Chelsea.

Ziyech explored the possibility of leaving Chelsea in the summer transfer window, with AC Milan, Tottenham and Manchester United all linked with the Morocco international.

But Van der Vaart has urged Tottenham to make a move for the out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder.

‘Hakim Ziyech has to join Tottenham,’ Van der Vaart told Ziggo Sport during their Champions League coverage on Wednesday evening.

‘If Tottenham get Hakim Ziyech, they could win the Premier League. I am serious.’

Ziyech has also been urged to leave Chelsea by Dutch legend Marco van Basten, who also claimed the Premier League club have too many players in their squad.

‘There is another transfer window coming up,’ Van Basten told Ziggo Sport.

‘It is sad and a shame. Ziyech is a great player. We have to see someone like that, we watch TV for such a player and we come to the stadium.

‘It is a pity for the whole of football that he is on the bench. If these kinds of players do not get minutes, it is not good for football.

‘There should actually be a rule that clubs can only have a certain number of players.

‘So they [Chelsea] have way too many and that actually makes football less interesting. A player like Ziyech could just play at another club and entertain the fans.’

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