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Achraf Hakimi admits Real Madrid are the club of his dreams

By Amreen
Achraf Hakimi has admitted Real Madrid remain the club of his dreams
Achraf Hakimi has admitted Real Madrid remain the club of his dreams / BSR Agency/Getty Images

Achraf Hakimi has admitted that Real Madrid remain the club of his dreams and hinted he would like to return in the future.

Hakimi came through the club's young academy before joining Inter in 2020, and signing for Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer.

However, the 22-year-old has admitted that Los Blancos still have a place in his heart.

"Real Madrid is the club of my childhood, it is thanks to the one that I am here today," Hakimi told Marca.

"I was there for more than twelve years, I am very grateful to this club. For the moment, I have not had the opportunity to succeed there, you never know what the future will be like."

He also insisted that his Madrid exit had nothing to do with former Zinedine Zidane.

"I learned a lot from [Zidane]. What happened in 2020 had nothing to do with him," he added.

"There were other things linked in particular to COVID and Real Madrid that made me leave. At that time I had a conversation with [Zidane] that will remain between us. He thought differently."

Hakimi also shared details about his first call-up to the Madrid squad, and said: "I was with some friends, sitting on a bench in front of the house chatting and then the phone rings and it's... Zidane! He told me I'm going to play and I didn't expect it."

Hakimi hinting at a return to Madrid won't come as a shock to his manager in Italy, Antonio Conte, who told Sky Italia: "Hakimi's dream is to return to play at Real Madrid."