Achraf Hakimi’s representative has moved to put an end to suggestions that his client is eyeing a permanent move away from Real Madrid this summer.
Versatile right-back Hakimi is a product of Real’s youth system.
After struggling for game-time behind Dani Carvajal during his debut campaign as part of Zinedine Zidane’s senior squad at the Bernabeu, though, it was subsequently decided in the summer of 2018 that a loan spell away from the Spanish capital would best aid Hakimi’s development.
This saw Borussia Dortmund step forward, with a surprise two-year loan deal having been agreed between the European heavyweights.
The seasons since, meanwhile, have seen Hakimi go on to establish himself as an integral member of BVB’s XI.
Before the COVID-19 outbreak brought football to a halt, the Moroccan international had appeared in all of Dortmund’s outings in both the Bundesliga and Champions League this season.
And, though Hakimi still has a lot to learn from a defensive standpoint, his production in attacking areas has long been of the highest standard.
Across 33 league and European appearances to this point in the campaign, the 21-year-old has racked up 7 goals and 10 assists.
This comes with Hakimi having also showcased his impressive versatility throughout his spell in Germany, with the youngster fully capable of lining out in either a defensive or midfield position along both flanks.
‘Return to Madrid’
As such, the leaps forward taken by their gifted starlet over the last 12 months in particular have unsurprisingly led to speculation of late that Real Madrid are ready to hand Hakimi the chance to showcase his talents as part of the club’s first-team setup next season.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano even recently went as far as to claim that Los Blancos have prepared a new 5-year contract for the north African.
Amid reports that some of European football’s other heavyweights have begun sniffing around his signature, though, Hakimi himself recently appeared to cast doubt over his return to the Bernabeu.
‘In June I will have to make a decision and it will be a great step for my career. In theory, my contract ends in June and from there I have to return to Madrid.’
‘I have not yet had contact with Madrid on this matter, but I imagine that soon we will have some conversation to find out what is best for me.’
As outlined above, though, any doubt over Hakimi’s future, at least for next season, has today seemingly been put to bed.
Speaking in an interview with Assahifa, the 21-year-old’s agent was drawn on the speculation surrounding his client’s future, with a particular emphasis on the rumoured interest of Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Alejandro Camano, though, was quick to shoot down claims of a Nerazzurri offer, before assuring that Hakimi is set to return to Real Madrid, as planned, this summer:
‘There is no such offer [from Inter], we will return to Madrid at the end of the season.’
‘Achraf will be the best player in the world in his position.’
Quotes via Goal.
This article was edited by Josh Barker.