Borussia Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi is set to return to parent club Real Madrid once his loan spell in Germany ends.
The Moroccan full-back has emerged as one of Europe’s top defenders over the past two seasons, and has been integral to Lucien Favre’s impressive attacking side.
The right-back joined the German side in 2018 on an initial two-year loan deal, after featuring a handful of times for Madrid, and has been linked with a permanent stay at Signal Iduna Park – as well as a possible move elsewhere.
However, Hakimi’s agent Alejandro Camano has seemingly put an end to any speculation, and revealed his client is set to return to Los Blancos in the summer.
Camano told El Mundo Deportivo that: “There is no such offer. We will return to Madrid.”
The 21-year-old has been in sparkling form this season, scoring three times and laying on ten assists thus far in the Bundesliga this season, as Dortmund continue to hunt down rivals Bayern Munich for the league title.
As for Madrid, the presence of Dani Carvajal – as well as the out on-loan Alvaro Odriozola – would perhaps make it difficult for Hakimi to earn a starting berth, yet he could provide some much needed youth to the ageing Spanish side.
The defender himself is seemingly undaunted by the prospect of a return to his parent club, as he revealed to Telefoot: “Real Madrid are the club I call home. ‘I’ve really enjoyed my time there and played lots of games there. If Real Madrid want me to go back, I’ll go back. And if not, I will need to write the next chapter at another great club.”
His return to the Spanish capital would no doubt be a hammer blow to Favre and his men, as well as for other interested parties.