Manchester City is reportedly keen on Paris Saint-Germain right-back Achraf Hakimi. However, the English club might not have a shot at luring the player to the Premier League side this summer transfer window.
However, it doesn’t mean Hakimi wouldn’t mind leaving if it’s one club that comes calling, Real Madrid. Alejandro Camaño, the agent for the Morocco international, left the door open should the Spanish giants.
“Achraf has been out of Madrid for five years, but for homegrown players, Madrid is always home,” Camaño said (h/t Mundo Deportivo). “Madrid is in some part of his heart; he was trained there since he was little. But today we have to be in love with the project that pays him and it’s PSG. If Madrid wants Achraf, logically, we’ll listen to him. If you ask him, you’ll see that he’s a Madrid fan, but our project now is PSG’s.
“From the heart, he can speak of Madrid, but his colors are now those of PSG, who made a great effort for him and occupies 100 percent of his head. If PSG is interested in the future or both parties want to change the course of the situation… well, we will sit down and work on it.
“Great players always see Madrid as an objective; how many players would want to go there? Achraf lived through it, smelled that locker room knows the club inside out, and has been trained with his values, those that the president talks about. But we want to be faithful to whom he gave strength to have him.”
Hakimi’s connection with Real Madrid goes back to his early days as a professional footballer. He joined the Spanish giants’ youth academy and progressed through the ranks but had to leave the La Liga side to begin advancing his football career.
Despite showing promise, Hakimi struggled to secure a regular spot in the starting lineup at Real Madrid, mainly due to the presence of Dani Carvajal.
As a result, he was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund for two seasons, where he flourished and showcased his abilities on the European stage. This successful loan spell led to Inter Milan securing his services in 2020.
Hakimi continued to impress at Inter Milan, playing a pivotal role in their Serie A title triumph during the 2020-2021 season. However, due to financial constraints, Inter had to part ways with several key players, including Hakimi, prompting his move to PSG.