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New Chelsea signing Denis Zakaria in comparison with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira by former coach

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Denis Zakaria accomplished a deadline day transfer to Stamford Bridge (Image: Getty)

Chelsea’s new defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria has been in comparison with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira by the participant’s former coach.

Zakaria accomplished a deadline day transfer to Stamford Bridge from Juventus, with the Switzerland worldwide arriving on a season-long mortgage with a purchase choice.

The 25-year-old solely joined Juventus in January and performed 15 instances for the Italian facet, having made his title at Germain facet Borussia Monchengladbach.

Zakaria began his profession in Switzerland with Servette and had a spell with Younger Boys earlier than heading to the Bundesliga – and it was on the former membership the place he was noticed by ex-coach Adam Owen – who’s now Hibernian’s assistant boss.

‘He was a standout even then,’ Owen informed Sky Sports when requested about Zakaria’s capability.

‘Kevin Cooper was the supervisor who gave him his debut at 17. He got here on and that was it. He was within the workforce from then on.

‘I feel all people knew it all through the academy. The frustration initially was that he felt he ought to have been taking part in even sooner than he was.

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‘We stored him again simply because the timing needed to be proper. He left as a result of the membership fell into monetary difficulties and he went to Younger Boys.

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‘Bodily, he was an absolute machine even then. Good with the ball. It doesn’t shock me that he has gone on to take action effectively.

‘He can drive with the ball, respectable in defence, strong. As a youngster, he had all these traits. He most likely reminds you of Patrick Vieira.’

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— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 2, 2022

Zakaria, talking to Chelsea’s web site after finishing his deadline day swap, mentioned: ‘I’m very pleased and proud to be a Blue and I can’t wait to see you quickly at Stamford Bridge.’

Chelsea proprietor Todd Boehly added: ‘Denis is a gifted midfielder with plenty of high quality and ability.

‘He’ll add depth and vary to our squad this season, and we’re wanting ahead to watching him play in Chelsea blue.’

The Blues return to top-flight motion on Saturday after they face a visit to west London rivals Fulham after their midweek Champions League recreation with Dinamo Zagreb.


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