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Name Achraf Hakimi
Gender Male
Ethnic Moroccan
Job Moroccan Footballer
Desc If Die Roten had some cajones they’d go after Real Madrid loanee Achraf Hakimi following an electric two-year spell at Signal Iduna Park. The versatile Moroccan would certainly displace Pavard, but his price tag would be, well, pretty extortionate

Affiliation

Org Morocco National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid
  Borussia Dortmund [Loan]
  Real Madrid

Affiliation

Agent Alejandro Camano

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi thinks his ‘spectacular’ team-mate Jadon Sancho can win the Ballon d’Or if he continues to develop as a player] In a few years, if he continues at this level, he will be a candidate. For me, he is a spectacular player. We know he is a player who still has to learn and improve because he is very young […] but he is very good

2019 09 17b Retrieve

[While he is focused on Dortmund for the time being, Hakimi has reiterated that he would be happy to return to Madrid and fight for his place if Zinedine Zidane wants him. Impressing in the Champions League against Barcelona on Tuesday would surely help his cause, but he played down suggestions the game against his parent club’s biggest rivals carried any extra significance for him] I don’t think it’s a special game, I just think it’s another game and like always I have to do my best, but not because the opponent is Barcelona. I always try to give everything I can whether it’s against them, against [fellow Group F opponents] Inter or against Slavia Prague

I said that if Madrid wanted me again, I would be the first to say yes. The coach knows me very well, but now I am focused on Dortmund and my intention is to do my best here. Then we’ll see.

I follow all of Madrid’s games, I always like to follow Spanish football. Every team has lows but Madrid, with the players they have, are ready to overcome any bad run and I think they are going to have a great season. I am convinced of it

2019 09 17c Retrieve

[Dortmund’s Champions League group has been labelled this year’s ‘group of death’, with three genuine European heavyweights setting up some mouth-watering clashes] We are against big teams, but we are also one of them and I think the other clubs should be afraid of us. We are playing well, and are in great form. I don’t know if it’s the group of death, but we know it’s a difficult group and we will have to fight to get out of it

2019 10 04 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund star Achraf Hakimi admitted that he would not see it as a failure if he does not return to Real Madrid at the end of the 2019-20 campaign] Returning to Madrid does not depend on me. The two clubs have to talk and they will decide at the end of the year. It would not be a failure not to return to Real Madrid in the summer. I want to continue growing and I am very focused here. I have grown since I arrived in Germany. I have a lot of continuity and confidence – and it shows. For the moment, I have not talked to [Madrid boss Zinedine] Zidane.

2019 10 04b Retrieve

[Normally deployed at full-back, Favre started the youngster higher up on the wing and was duly rewarded for his decision] I was a bit surprised that the coach started me in such an attacking position. I know I can play there but I’m just happy that I could help the team to victory.

2020 01 14 Retrieve

[Achraf Hakimi’s ‘heart divided between Madrid & Dortmund’ as he mulls over future options] My heart is divided between Madrid and Dortmund. It is still six months until the summer, there are still a lot of games. What I can say is that right now I am very happy to be at Borussia Dortmund. I feel very comfortable

I’m not going to lie, I’d love to be a success there, of course. I grew up at Madrid, it’s the club I call home and I’d like to keep on growing as a player there, but if it isn’t to be I’ll look to be a success somewhere else. Right now, I’m only focusing on taking each game as it comes and performing to the best of my ability. Next summer’s still a little way off and we’ll just have to see what happens.

I just have to concentrate on having a good campaign. That’s the only way I’ll have options open to me come the end of the season. My deal here lasts for two years. When the time comes, I’ll see whether I’ve done enough over these two years and whether I’m ready for Real Madrid. Right now, I feel like I’m doing well, and that if I keep playing like this I could do a job for Madrid. But I can’t say whether or not I’m ready until the end of the season. Ask me in May

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Hakimi on Real Madrid breakthrough, playing with Ronaldo & Haaland’s impact at Dortmund] One day my father picked me up from school and gave me a letter. I was invited to a trial session. At first I couldn’t believe it and asked him if the letter was real. After he confirmed that, I just thought: Oh sh*t, how cool is that?! I will never forget this day, the day it all started for

[Hakimi added on his first training session with Real’s senior squad] That day my dream came true. My coach came to me and said that I would train the first team today. I still remember the way from our locker room to the locker room of the professionals. I was extremely nervous and didn’t know what to think about. At the same time, I really wanted to train with the best players in the world. I will never forget that. To be honest, I was a little overwhelmed at first. I paid attention to the smallest detail so as to not miss anything and soak up everything to learn and improve

[Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo was among those Hakimi got to play alongside] He is an incredibly good player. Playing with one of the best players in the world is an incredible experience. I really enjoyed it and always tried to assist goals for him. He talked a lot to me and gave me good tips. I loved listening to him and trying to learn as much from him as possible and to learn certain things

[On his future] I honestly don’t know [at which club I’ll play next season]. I currently see myself clearly at Borussia Dortmund. I am very happy here and I still have a four or five-month contract

[He said of Haaland] We were so happy for him. Thanks to his three goals, we turned the game [against Augsburg] around and of course we hope that it will continue this way with him. Still, we have other great players who can help us out. Paco Alcacer is a great striker too

2020 02 19 Retrieve

[Dortmund loanee Achraf Hakimi unsure over Real Madrid future] That’s what people say and the contract I have signed. Everything can happen in June, but we’ll see what the summer holds. In my head is that I want to play and I want to continue growing. Here in Germany they are giving me the opportunity

We have prepared the game quite well and it worked out well. Haaland has helped us a lot and we hope it stays that way. He [Haaland] has been smart. He is still young and knows he has to play

2020 03 06 Retrieve

[Morocco international seems keen on testing himself in Madrid] I’m not going to lie, I’d love to be a success there, of course. I grew up at Madrid, it’s the club I call home and I’d like to keep on growing as a player there, but if it isn’t to be I’ll look to be a success somewhere else. Right now, I’m only focusing on taking each game as it comes and performing to the best of my ability. Next summer’s still a little way off and we’ll just have to see what happens. I shouldn’t start thinking about next year - I just have to concentrate on having a good campaign. That’s the only way I’ll have options open to me come the end of the season. My deal here lasts for two years. When the time comes, I’ll see whether I’ve done enough over these two years and whether I’m ready for Real Madrid. Right now, I feel like I’m doing well, and that if I keep playing like this, I could do a job for Madrid. But I can’t say whether or not I’m ready until the end of the season. Ask me in May

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[Dortmund loan star Hakimi reveals his loyalties] Real Madrid are the club I call home. I’ve really enjoyed myself there and played lots of games there. If Madrid want me to go back, I’ll go back. And if not, I’ll have to write the next chapter at another great club

[Madrid head coach Zinedine] Zidane is the man who gave me my chance and the confidence to be able to play professional football. I’m grateful to him for his faith in me and the way he has treated me. I’ll always be grateful to him

[Reflecting on his decision to move to Dortmund] When I stop and think, I realise that it was the best decision I could have made, because I’m playing and developing as a footballer, which is what I need to be doing. I hope we can achieve as much as possible; in the short term beat PSG, and in the longer term try to win a trophy like the Bundesliga or go as far as possible in the Champions League. Anything’s possible. Hopefully we can go as far as possible and win it if we can. And if not, then come away with the feeling that we’ve done well and given our all

2020 04 04 Retrieve

[The Moroccan has already stated that he wants to return to Madrid and become a part of their first-team set-up] Real Madrid are the club I call home. I’ve really enjoyed myself there and played lots of games there. If Madrid want me to go back, I’ll go back. And if not, I’ll have to write the next chapter at another great club

Zidane is the man who gave me my chance and the confidence to be able to play professional football. I’m grateful to him for his faith in me and the way he has treated me. I’ll always be grateful to him

[Reflecting on his decision to move to Dortmund] When I stop and think, I realise that it was the best decision I could have made, because I’m playing and developing as a footballer, which is what I need to be doing

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Hakimi proud of attracting transfer interest while on loan at Dortmund] Who does not like it? I am proud of what I am doing. In June I will have to make a decision and it will be a great step for my career. In theory, my contract ends in June and from there I have to return to Madrid. I have not yet had contact with Madrid on this matter, but I imagine that soon we will have some conversation to find out what is best for me. I don’t know when my contract ends, that subject is taken by my agent

[Hakimi said when asked when his contract ends in Madrid] It is the same contract that I signed in 2017

2020 04 13b Retrieve

[May 9 could see the return of the Bundesliga. On the proposed return date] It is an estimated date, I think it can change. I’m glad it’s that date, but the sooner the better. However, we have to be careful about the situation we are in. I arrive at 10 and we start training at 10:30. I work with my group, with five or six people. We do not cross. We each work on our own. We do not make any contact. We mix a little, gym, rondo or soccer-tennis. But with almost no contact

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Hakimi’s agent denies Inter offer as Dortmund loan star prepares for Real Madrid return] If Madrid want me to go back, I’ll go back. And if not, I’ll have to write the next chapter at another great club. [Madrid head coach Zinedine] Zidane is the man who gave me my chance and the confidence to be able to play professional football. I’m grateful to him for his faith in me and the way he has treated me. I’ll always be grateful to him

2020 05 29 Retrieve

[In April, Hakimi himself admitted he’s been flattered by reported transfer interest but that his intention was to return to Real Madrid] Who does not like it? I am proud of what I am doing. In June I will have to make a decision and it will be a great step for my career. In theory, my contract ends in June and from there I have to return to Madrid. I have not yet had contact with Madrid on this matter, but I imagine that soon we will have some conversation to find out what is best for me

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Hakimi sends farewell message to Borussia Dortmund supporters after arriving in Italy for Inter medical] The time has come to close a very beautiful stage in my life. After two wonderful years, I’m ready to leave this club that has given me so much joy. From the first moment, the care and attention by the club and the city has been amazing. Now I know that I was right to choose Dortmund as my home two years ago. I want to thank all my teammates, the coaching staff, and all the club’s staff for the love and trust they have shown me at all times

I also want to thank the wonderful fans who have supported us unconditionally in every game. I’ll never forget the yellow wall (Glebe Wand) which is simply wonderful. Finally, I would like to thank my family and friends for supporting me at all times. I hope that one day our paths will cross again. See you soon Borussia Dortmund!

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Achraf Hakimi’s emotional message] I never imagined this moment would come. It’s not a goodbye because you can’t say goodbye to your home. You can move away, but it’ll always be your home and a place of happiness and the values that helped me grow. Real Madrid has been my home, where I’ve grown up and become the person I am today. At Real Madrid, they don’t only make sportspeople. I arrived at Valdebebas aged six and couldn’t have imagined how happy I’d be there. So, thanks to all the workers at the club, all my coaches and all my colleagues, most of whom are true friends. I also thank all the Real Madrid fans who have supported me and who’ll keep supporting the team. Now I’ll be one of them.