Zambrotta: ‘Hakimi will be the best foreigner in Serie A’

The transfer of Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid to Inter Milan could serve him well, that’s if you agree with Inter Milan and Italy legend Gianluca Zambrotta.

The former FC Barcelona full-back believes that the Moroccan international is a rare find and has all the attributes to become one of the most important signings to grace the Italian game.

“Discussing strong young players, the best foreigner will be Hakimi I think. Last season he played 45 games with 9 goals and 10 assists, in an important league like the Bundesliga,” Zambrotta told Sempre Inter.

“For a full-back and a player of his age, these are important numbers. He can be both a full-back and wing-back.”

The 2006 FIFA World Cup winner was also keen to point out how tactically adept he could prove to be under Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system where wing-backs are fundamental to the progress of play offensively and defensively.

“If Conte will play five in the midfield, he can make a difference. For him, it is a new league and this is an unknown, but with Antonio in terms of work and mentality, he can improve a lot.

“Physically he is ready and prepared, he has a great personality. He is powerful, he has pace but also technique, and finding a full-back that combines these qualities is not easy,” he added.

The 21-year-old was one of Borussia Dortmund’s standout performers during his two-season loan spell with the German giants, contributing 29 goals (12 goals, 17 assists) in 73 appearances and with the likes of Victor Moses failing to impress since arriving from Chelsea last season, the classy full-back should make the right flank his own with the Serie A title challengers once their campaign gets underway against Fiorentina this weekend.