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Achraf Hakimi won’t push for Dortmund stay if Real Madrid come calling

By Chris Smith

Published: 13:14, 11 March 2020 | Updated: 12:06, 26 July 2022

Achraf Hakimi has revealed he intends to return to Real Madrid in the summer, if the Spanish club will have him.

The Moroccan full-back has been outstanding while on loan at Borussia Dortmund over past 18 months, firmly establishing himself as one of the most exciting players in Europe.

Will Hakimi return to Real Madrid next season? Five things to know…

  • Hakimi, 21, is currently in the final season of his two-year loan at Borussia Dortmund from Real Madrid.
  • The Morocco international has scored more goals (4) than any other Dortmund player in the Champions League this season.
  • Hakimi, who grew up in Madrid, would rival Dani Carvajal for Los Blancos’ current right-back spot.
  • Zidane said last December he feels Hakimi “He has a great future in Real Madrid.”
  • Beyond his recent comments, Hakimi previously said his ‘heart is divided’ between his Madrid and Dortmund.

Hakimi has become a fan favourite at Signal Iduna Park. But given Real Madrid’s struggles since the start of last season, many feel he should be utilised by Los Blancos in 2020/21.

And Hakimi himself has admitted that if Real Madrid do want to keep him at the end of his two-year loan, he’d be more than happy to return to the club he calls ‘home’.

“Real Madrid are the club I call home,” he said. “I’ve really enjoyed myself there [at Dortmund] 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.”

Hakimi’s current Dortmund side head to PSG for their Champions League round-of-16 second leg clash on Wednesday looking to hold onto their 2-1 advantage.

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And such is Hakimi’s confidence in his teammates, the 21-year-old even has his sights set on Champions League glory with the German side.

“Yes, anything’s possible,” Hakimi responded when asked if he thinks Dortmund can win the Champions League this season.

“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.”