PSG manager points the finger at Chelsea as Ziyech is left in limbo after failed transfer

Ben Stewart
Hakim Ziyech #22 of Chelsea during the FA Cup Third Round match Manchester City vs Chelsea at Etihad Stadium, Manchester

PSG manager Christophe Galtier has pointed the finger at Chelsea after a deadline day move for Hakim Ziyech broke down between the clubs.

Ziyech had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge throughout the month as he has struggled to nail down a starting spot.

The 29-year-old was said to be keen on the move as he was seeking a fresh challenge after a successful World Cup campaign with Morocco.

PSG were keen on snapping up the playmaker as they allowed Pablo Sarabia to leave and are now juggling injuries with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

It’s fair to say that Galtier was less than impressed with PSG missing out on Ziyech as he insisted that his club did all they could have.

“For various reasons, we could not make it work with the player we targeted,” the manager told reporters following PSG’s 3-1 victory against Montpellier.

“I’m satisfied with the squad we had at the start of the season. Unfortunately, we could have reinforced it following the departure of Pablo (Sarabia).

“We could not do it. I believe that the responsibility does not lie with our club. That’s how it is, that’s life, we look ahead.”

Sky Sports have reported that the deal fell through on the deadline because of an ‘unforeseen technical issue’.

Indeed, Chelsea have now potentially risked their future relationship with PSG which could lead to further problems down the line.

Chelsea themselves were busy on deadline day as they completed a record-breaking deal for Enzo Fernandez for €121million.

The Argentine was pleased to get the deal over the line as he explained: “I am grateful to Chelsea and its ownership for doing everything they could to make me a part of this project.

“I’m happy and excited to join the Pride of London, to play in the best league in the world and to compete for the biggest trophies.

“I can’t wait to play in front of our fans and help my team-mates on and off the pitch.”

Chelsea have been far off the pace this season and it will now be the responsibility of Graham Potter to get them back on track.

They currently sit 10th in the Premier League and have only collected 29 points so far.

Ziyech will now be sticking around until at least the end of the season, but regular first-team football might be hard to come by.

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