Freshly Serie A champion with Inter Milan, Achraf Hakimi spoke of his highly commented departure from Real Madrid this summer, saying it was not his will.
Achraf Hakimi became Serie A champion this weekend with Inter, celebrating his title with an appearance on El Chiringuito in which he spoke about his situation with his former club, Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old ally left Madrid last summer for Inter for a sum of around 40 million euros. Born in Madrid to Moroccan parents, he spent two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund between 2018 and 2020.
The Moroccan wanted to set the record straight on time on why he left the club in the first place.“People talk saying I didn’t want to compete for my job and it wasn’t like that. Everyone knows that Real Madrid was my home and that I would have liked to play there, but due to the circumstances, I think the club decided otherwise ”, he said, before adding:
“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 afraid to win or fight for the job. I was the first to ask myself if I could be there to win the job, because I felt qualified for it ”.
However, the Atlas Lion does not seem to blame Merengues manager Zinedine Zidane although he seemed disappointed that he did not receive congratulations from the Frenchman and club president Florentino Pérez after winning the Scudetto.
“I can’t blame [l’entraîneur-chef Zinedine] Zidane or the board. I guess Real Madrid may have the right of first refusal for me ”, he said.
Hakimi has enjoyed an exceptional season in Italy, seeing his Transfermarkt value rise to € 50million. Renowned for his speed and athleticism, Hakimi has scored seven goals and contributed seven assists in 33 Serie A games this season, playing 78% of Inter’s minutes and directly contributing 18% of their goals.