Morocco’s fullback Achraf Hakimi joins Qatar-owned PSG on five-year deal
Moroccan international and Madrid-born Achraf Hakimi has inked a five-year contract with France giants and Qatar-owned Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
The Inter Milan player joins the League 1 powerhouse for €71 million, bonus included.
The 22-year player is touted as one of the world’s best fullbacks after playing 45 matches and scoring 7 goals for the reigning Italian champions.
PSG failed to secure four consecutive League 1 titles last season and are short of good quality at right back position.
The Parc des Princes team began talking to Hakimi more than a month ago to beef up the team managed by Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.
“I feel a great sense of pride today,” the Moroccan talent said Tuesday after the signing.
“After Spain, Germany and Italy, Paris Saint-Germain offers me the chance to discover a new championship with one of the most prestigious clubs in the world. I can’t wait to meet my new teammates, the fans and experience the incredible colour and passion inside the Parc des Princes.
“I share the same big ambitions as the coaching staff and my teammates and will do everything I can to deliver what is expected of me.”
PSG boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi lauded the new signee who said meets the club’s standards.
“This caliber of signing shows the level of our ambitions — we continue to build something very special. Achraf may only be 22 years old and has already established himself as one of the most talented full-backs in world football — these are the standards we set at the club. I know Achraf will have a fantastic career with us and the whole club wishes him every success in our colors.”
The former Real Madrid and Dortmund player was linked to alleged move to Champions League reigning champions Chelsea.