Arsenal-Linked Hakimi Makes Inter Future Statement

Published April 17th, 2021 - 06:54 GMT
 The highly-rated defender has seen a move away from San Siro mooted, but he intends to spend "a long time" in his current surroundings (Photo: AFP)
The highly-rated defender has seen a move away from San Siro mooted, but he intends to spend "a long time" in his current surroundings (Photo: AFP)

Achraf Hakimi has seen a move away from Inter mooted heading towards the next transfer window, with Arsenal and Chelsea said to be among his suitors, but the highly-rated defender says his intention is to spend "a long time" at San Siro.

The 22-year-old full-back only made his way to Italy during the summer of 2020, with a productive loan stint at Borussia Dortmund seeing his stock rise and Real Madrid presented with plenty of options when it came to a sale.

Inter won that race, but financial struggles for the Serie A side have led to suggestions that prized assets may have to be offloaded in order to balance the books - with Hakimi falling into that category as he attracts admiring glances from England.
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What has been said?

Discussing his past, present and future, Hakimi told La Repubblica: "The team that attracted me the most was Inter and I saw it as a growth project.

"I am honoured to be one of the testimonials for the new club logo. I like it, as it looks to the future, a future we can build together.

"I hope to stay at this club for a long time, I’m very happy."
The bigger picture

Hakimi has enjoyed a productive debut campaign at Inter, with Antonio Conte's side closing in on a first title triumph since 2010.

On that bid for a domestic crown, which has the Nerazzurri sat 11 points clear of the chasing pack, Hakimi added: "It was a gradual growth process, as many of us were new here, myself included, so we took a while to get to know each other.

"Some things also happened that gave us that extra push. The Champions League elimination allowed us to focus entirely on Serie A and we learned from every defeat what we really wanted to do.

"We talk about the Scudetto with respect, knowing it’s not won yet. That’s the objective, I won’t lie, but there’s a while to go."

Inter will be back in action on Sunday when taking in a trip to Napoli.

By Chris Burton


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