?Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that defender Achraf Hakimi is set to have a “great future” in the Spanish capital, ruling out a move for the Morocco international to leave on a permanent basis.
Hakimi has impressed over the last two seasons on loan with Borussia Dortmund where he’s often filled in for Marcel Schmelzer and ?ukasz Piszczek at full-back, standing out this year after finishing as the club’s top goalscorer in the Champions League group stages.
The German side have been looking to make Hakimi’s move permanent ever since he arrived on loan – they did the same with Barcelona’s Paco Alcácer – but Zidane has stressed the defender’s long-term future lies at the Santiago Bernabéu.
“We’re happy because he’s scoring goals with his team,” Zidane said, quoted by The Daily Star. “He has a great future in Real Madrid and we will see what will happen to him.”
Zidane’s admiration for Hakimi isn’t one-sided either, as the Morocco international spoke in glowing terms about the Real Madrid manager in an interview earlier this year.
The 21-year-old only ever made 17 first-team appearances under Zidane before joining Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan, but Hakimi stressed that the two already have a father-son relationship at Real Madrid.
“[Our relationship] was, and is, really good,” Hakimi told AS. “He’s a coach who always gives me good advice – you can see that he wants the best for me, as if I were a son.
“Since I left, I’ve seen that he’s spoken about me from time to time and I’m really grateful to him for giving me the chance to play for Real Madrid, the greatest club in the world. Whatever happens, I’ll always have a good relationship with him.”
Hakimi could walk straight into Real Madrid’s first-team this season as Álvaro Odriozola continues to struggle at the club, although he’ll still have to battle with Dani Carvajal for a place in Zidane’s starting lineup.
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