Morocco full-back Achraf Hakimi has revealed why he left LaLiga champions Real Madrid for Internazionale.
After spending the past two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Hakimi opted to move on from Real Madrid to Italian giants Inter in a move worth a reported €40-million.
Hakimi failed to win the Bundesliga with Dortmund, finishing runners-up to Bayern Munich over the two season’s he spent on loan from Los Blancos.
And he will be in a similar position with I Nerazzurri, with the Antonio Conte’s side falling second to Juventus last season, who have won Serie A nine straight times.
Last season in Conte’s first campaign he’s fluid 3-5-2 system with attacking wing-backs won plenty of plaudits and Hakimi has cited his tactical philosophy as one of the contributing factors to leaving the 13-time European champions.
“I chose Inter because I think the coach’s style is particularly suited to my way of playing and I can be of real help to this team,” he said in a Q&A hosted on Inter’s social media channels. “We’ll try to achieve great results and certainly aim to win the Scudetto.
“Conte is a great coach, with a very competitive spirit. He has this extraordinary passion for football and transmits that to his players, fans, and everyone around the club. His motivation allows the side to be fired up for every game.
“I already played 3-5-2 at Borussia Dortmund. When the offer came, I thought this was a great opportunity for me to grow, as the fans here experience football in such a special way. I have joined a great club.”
Hakimi was a revelation this past season, scoring five goals and assisting 10 in the Bundesliga. Additionally, he scored four goals in the Champions League.
The 21-year-old believes his time in Germany will help him adjust to playing in a “more tactical league like Serie A.”
“Our objective is to win the Scudetto, make the fans happy, then go forward in the Champions League and do even better than last season.
“I am here to give my best, so we’ll do great things together and try to win some trophies!”
Hakimi joined Real’s academy set-up in 2006 and broke into the first-team in the 2017/18 season, playing back-up to Dani Carvajal before his loan spell in the Bundesliga.