The Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech, who will join Chelsea this summer, will not be able to participate in the Champions League with his future English club at the end of the 2019-2020 campaign in August under the new rules announced by UEFA.
UEFA announced at the end of its executive committee meeting on Wednesday that the teams which are still in competition will be able to add three new players to their A-list. However, these players must have been present at the club at the time of the last registration deadline in early February.
“It will not be possible for clubs to include newly transferred players on the Champions League list,” UEFA said in a statement.
It should be noted that Ziyech will join the English club on 1 July from Ajax Amsterdam.
The final of the 2019-2020 Champions League, which was suspended in mid-March due to the Coronavirus, will take place on Sunday 23 August in Lisbon, following a ground-breaking eight-team final tournament in the Portuguese capital from 12 August, according to UEFA.
A similar tournament will be held in four stadiums in Germany to complete the Europa League, which will end on 21 August, the European Football Confederation said after a meeting of its executive committee to draw up a new schedule following the postponement of all its competitions due to the pandemic.