Borussia Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi has said that he is confident about making an impact at his parent club Real Madrid. The Moroccan international is halfway through his two-year loan spell with Dortmund at the moment.
Hakimi has established himself as a regular at the right-back position under Lucien Favre. He also made headlines after scoring a brace against Slavia Praha in the Champions League this week.
“I’m not going to lie, I’d love to be a success there, of course,” he told AS. “I grew up at Madrid, it’s the club I call home and I’d like to keep on growing as a player there, but if it isn’t to be I’ll look to be a success somewhere else.
“Right now, I’m only focusing on taking each game as it comes and performing to the best of my ability. Next summer’s still a little way off and we’ll just have to see what happens.”
“I shouldn’t start thinking about next year – I just have to concentrate on having a good campaign. That’s the only way I’ll have options open to me come the end of the season.”
“My deal here lasts for two years. When the time comes, I’ll see whether I’ve done enough over these two years and whether I’m ready for Real Madrid.”
Dortmund CEO Joachim Watzke also said that he will do everything possible to keep hold of the 20-year-old.
“It’s always nice, being told that they’d like you to stay for good when you’ve only been there for a year.”
“You’re left thinking that you’re doing well, that they’re happy with you and that you are with them too. But that’s a decision which I don’t think is down to me; that’s something the two clubs have to talk about with each other, and with my agent.”
“I’m going to keep on working to help Dortmund and hopefully we can achieve big things together.”
“Right now, I feel like I’m doing well, and that if I keep playing like this I could do a job for Madrid. But I can’t say whether or not I’m ready until the end of the season. Ask me in May.”