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Arsenal-linked Achraf Hakimi drops clear message over future in Inter Milan’s latest Serie A win

STADIO GIUSEPPE MEAZZA, MILAN, ITALY - 2020/09/19: Achraf Hakimi of FC Internazionale in action during the pre-season friendly football match between FC Internazionale and Pisa SC. FC Internazionale won 7-0 over Pisa SC. (Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

 

Inter Milan star Achraf Hakimi appeared to put to bed any lingering speculation over his future, during the club’s meeting with Udinese this afternoon.

Nerazzurri cruise

Antonio Conte’s men were back in action early on Sunday.

As part of the final round of Serie A fixtures, the Nerazzurri welcomed Udinese to the San Siro, for a clash which, in truth, was of little importance to either side.

Udine had long secured their top-flight status, with Inter, of course, having brought an end to Juventus’ dominance of Italian football in comprehensive fashion.

The latter, though, remain a Conte-led team, meaning the Milanese giants were never likely to take their foot off the gas this afternoon.

In turn, it did not come as too much of a surprise when Inter indeed went on to run riot, en route to an eventual 5-1 final scoreline.

Ashley Young, Christian Eriksen, Lautaro Martinez, Ivan Perisic and Romelu Lukaku were all on target, as the Serie A champions rounded out their campaign on a high.

Hakimi’s message

As outlined above, though, it was not the eventual result at the San Siro which went on to grab the headlines in the aftermath of the clash.

Instead, the focus centered on the actions of Inter standout Achraf Hakimi.

Moroccan wing-back Hakimi enjoyed a stellar debut campaign in Italy, en route to 7 goals and 8 assists across appearances in all but one of his new club’s Serie A outings.

Such impressive production, meanwhile, had seen the 22-year-old named as a target for some of European football’s other heavyweights of late, with the likes of Bayern Munich and, persistently, Arsenal named as keen admirers.

On Sunday, though, Hakimi appeared to put to bed any remaining doubts surrounding his future.

After being hauled off just shy of the hour mark by Antonio Conte, the explosive full-back made a point of directing attention towards the Inter crest on his jersey, before pointing to the ground, strongly insinuating that he is going nowhere:

 

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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