May 10, 2021

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Hakimi, Inter star and Serie A winner: I would have loved to stay at Real Madrid

Achraf Hakimi has said he would have loved to stay at Real Madrid after celebrating the Serie A title with Inter, although he appeared to leave the door open for a possible return.

Hakimi joined Inter from Madrid at the start of the season for around € 40million, and on Sunday the star full-back added a Scudetto to his collection.

Inter were crowned Italian champions for the first time since 2009-10 after Atalanta’s 1-1 draw with Sassuolo left the Nerazzurri 13 points clear and couldn’t be caught at four remaining sleeves.

Amid the celebrations in Milan, Hakimi spoke of Madrid, where the Morocco international stepped out of the youth system in 2017 and made 17 appearances before spending two years on loan at Borussia Dortmund before moving to Inter.

“Real Madrid were my home,” said the 22-year-old, whose future has been discussed amid the financial situation at Inter caused by the coronavirus pandemic, told El Chiringuito.

“I would have loved to stay there and fight for my place… but the club decided otherwise.

“I can’t blame [head coach Zinedine] Zidane or the board. I guess Real Madrid might have the right of first refusal for me.

Hakimi scored seven Serie A goals in his debut season at Inter, while also adding six assists under Antonio Conte.

In 2020-2021, Inter tied their points (82) and clean sheets (14) totals for the whole of last season, when they finished one point behind Juventus.

Inter’s triumph ended a streak of nine straight Scudetti for Juventus, three of which were won by Conte when he was in charge of the Bianconeri from 2011 to 2014.