Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi has revealed he wants to stay at Real Madrid this summer and fight for his place.
Hakimi, 22, spent two seasons on loan at Real’s Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020, where the Madrilenian has established himself as one of Europe’s most attacking and creative full-backs, subsequently garnering admiring glances from a host of elite clubs this summer.
The 34-year-old Morocco international recorded 10 assists last season in the Bundesliga alone, a total improved only by Filip Kostic (11), Andrew Robertson (12) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (13) among the defenders of the five. best European leagues.
Achraf Hakimi’s 2019/20 Bundesliga season in numbers with Borussia Dortmund:
❍ 33 games
❍ 73 covers completed
❍ 36 chances created
❍ 10 assists
❍ 5 goals
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Such was Hakimi’s burgeoning influence in the Ruhr valley that he was in a hurry to return Whites and compete with Dani Carvajal – who took a similar path when he returned to Madrid from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013 – for a starting spot at right-back.
However, Zinedine Zidane’s loyalty to Real’s ‘old guard’ culminated in the academy graduate looking for first-team opportunities elsewhere, along with Hakimi. then joining Inter Milan, where he shone under the auspices of Antonio Conte to win a first Serie A title for the club in 11 years.
Hakimi was praised for his Winning exploits at the Scudetto, but the versatile full-back has since revealed his intentions are to return to the Bernabeu from Dortmund and fight for his place, before eventually being transferred to Inter.
“I have to clarify,” he said El Chriniguito. “People talk saying I didn’t want to compete for my job and it wasn’t like that.
“Everyone knows Real Madrid was my home and I would have liked to play there, but due to different circumstances I think the club decided otherwise.
“Everyone knows I would have liked to be there and win the job. People talk, but people don’t know the reality.
“It bothers me a bit that people think I was scared to win or fight for the job. I was the first to wonder if I could be there to win the job because I felt qualified for it.
‘Hakimi left Real Madrid because of Zidane’
By joining Inter this summer from Real, Hakimi’s agent, Martin Camano, explained why his client was kicked out of the Bernabeu gate, believing that Zinedine Zidane was the reason for leaving.
Talk to Al Mountakhab in July 2020, he said: “Zidane is the reason for Hakimi’s transfer to Inter Milan. He must explain why Hakimi moved.
Since moving to San Siro, Hakimi has consolidated a consistent first-team place at right-back as part of Conte’s famous 3-5-2.
It took him little time to acclimatize to a new division, immediately translating his form from Dortmund to Italy, with 13 direct contributions to Serie A this season (seven goals and six assists).