It will take some time for the machine from Paris to heat up. Paris Saint-Germain, however, have made one of the best teams in the history of European football and plans to attack all possible titles as soon as possible. One of the main factors on that path for the PSG will apparently be Achraf Hakimi.
The Moroccan is the most expensive paid reinforcement during the summer transfer window, considering that stars like Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma have been hired as free agents. At the start of the competition year, he showed that he will be very important for the ambitious project of PSG and that every euro of 60,000,000 paid to the account of Milan's Inter for his services could be paid off.
The 22-year-old right-back was born in Madrid. Already at the age of eight, he became a member of the Royal Club. He spent 12 years at Real and never got the right opportunity. In the end, they sell him, in order for the club to gain stability and start raising funds to create new Galacticos.
Florentino Perez earned 40,000,000 euros from the sale of Real Academy product, and he had no idea that he could make a new dream team with him. However, he does not object to the club in which he grew up. He is grateful for everything they have given him.
"Real Madrid is the club of my childhood, thanks to Real I am here today. I spent more than 12 years there and I am grateful to the club for everything." "I did not have the opportunity to succeed there, but you never know what the future holds," Hakimi said in an interview.
His episode in Blancos' first team started brilliantly. At the start, he won the Champions League - although he made only two appearances in the elite competition - and became the first Moroccan with a trophy in his biography.
Real Madrid saw his potential, but also that the most important thing for his proper development would be to play. Apart from Dani Carvajal, that did not seem possible, so he was loaned to Borussia Dortmund for two years It was another great move.
In two years, he made 73 appearances at Signal Iduna Park and scored 12 goals. Already after the first, he was seen as one of the most talented defenders in the world. He has shown that he possesses all the necessary qualities to grow into a top, modern player.
In recent years he had an increasing influence on the outcome in the opponent's half, so offensive attributes of the young Moroccan caught the eye of some of the best European clubs. But Real was thinking. And they decided to sell him.
He did not hope for that, especially after the conversation with the then coach Zinedine Zidane. "I was chatting with friends in front of the house when my phone rang. I looked and saw - Zidane was calling me! He told me I was going to play and I didn't expect to leave."
"I learned a lot from him. What happened in 2020 has nothing to do with him. There are other aspects like COVID that made me leave. What we talked will stay between us, but he was of a different opinion," Hakimi said.