Real Madrid: Achraf Hakimi demands first-team football

Borussia Dortmund loanee Achraf Hakimi’s intention is to have regular first-team football next year after being asked about returning to Real Madrid this summer.

The defender arrived in Germany on a two-year long loan deal in the summer of 2018 and is now entering the final months of that arrangement.

It is unclear where his future lies – he appears to have regular game-time at Dortmund while at Madrid, his preferred position of right-back is already occupied by Dani Carvajal with Alvaro Odriozola and Nacho Fernandez also in that position.

“Returning to Madrid is what my contract says, but anything can happen in June and we will see what happens in the summer,” Hakimi told Cadena Ser this week.

“In my head, I have to want to be playing and keep growing where I am given first-team opportunities, like has been the case here in Germany.

“I want to showcase the player that I am and do what I enjoy doing the most – playing football.”

The player told Cadena Ser in November, as cited by Diario AS, that he would prefer a return to the Spanish capital: “Return to Madrid? Why not? Madrid is my home and I grew up there. I am in Borussia until the end of the season and then we’ll see.”

Last month, Marca reported Bayern Munich have approached Madrid over the player and it is said that the German champions valued his versatility.

Hakimi, 21, has already amassed 22 caps for Morocco, including all three group matches at last summer’s World Cup.

The full-back had represented the Bundesliga title challengers 33 times last season and was largely very impressive before being ruled out for the remainder of the campaign in March.

He has once again return to action this season and has appeared in 28 games since the summer including a starring performance in November’s 3-2 win over Inter in the Champions League – where he netted twice.

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