Tuesday May 04, 2021. 12:00
Moroccan star Achraf Hakimi has set the record straight on his departure from Real Madrid, insisting that he would have been happy to remain at the Spanish club and fight for his place in the team.
The 22-year-old left Los Blancos for Italian side Internazionale in a €40m transfer before the start of the current 2020-21 season, having also spent the prior two campaigns on loan at Borussia Dortmund in Germany.
The move has proved to be a fruitful one for both Inter and Hakimi, with the player making a significant contribution to the Nerazzurri’s Serie A title triumph, which was confirmed this past weekend when they defeated Crotone 2-0 – a game in which Hakimi netted the second goal.
The right wingback has revealed that Madrid still retain a first refusal option on him should he ever move on from his current Italian side, and set the record straight on the reason he left the club in the first place.
“I have to clarify,” Hakimi explained, as quoted by Football Espana. “People are speaking saying that I didn’t want to compete for my position 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 circumstances I think the club decided otherwise.
“But everyone knows that I would have liked to have been there and won the position.
“People talk, but people don’t know the reality. That bothers me a little, that people think I was afraid of winning or fighting for the position.
“I was the first one who asked if I could be there to win the position, because I felt qualified for it.”
Hakimi has contributed seven goals and seven assists in 33 Serie A appearances this season, helping Inter win the title for the first time since 2009-10.