Hakimi mentor: He can’t see himself starting for Real

Hakimi mentor: He can’t see himself starting for Real
Dortmund's Achraf Hakimi in action during a training session

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 02, 2020. 16:00

The former mentor of Moroccan wingback Achraf Hakimi says the player is leaving Real Madrid because he cannot see himself starting under manager Zinedine Zidane.

The 21-year-old has just completed a two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, but will not be returning to Real as the Spanish giants have agreed a sale of the player to Italian club Internazionale.

While playing under Antonio Conte at the Narazzurri could prove a great career move for Hakimi, many have questioned why he is swapping arguably the biggest club in the world for one which has struggled to challenge for major honours in Serie A.

Juan Jose Mayor, who first discovered Hakimi playing for Colonia Ofigevi, told Sky Italia that while the player has a love for Madrid and could return to Los Blancos one day, he simply does not see himself earning regular starts under Zidane, and has opted for a destination where he is set to be a first-choice pick.

“He was looking for a new experience, as a starter,” said Juan Jose Mayor. “Currently, in Zidane’s 4-3-3 in Madrid, he has no place.

“Even if Zidane knows him well, since he launched him in 2017. Achraf is a Madridista, I am sure that one day he will come back.”

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