Real Madrid Wants Full-Back To Pen Long-Term Contract After Returning From Loan: Good Move For Both Parties?

Raphael Guerreiro of Borussia Dortmund (L) celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with team mate Achraf Hakimi during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Signal Iduna Park on September 14, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid are interested in extending Achraf Hakimi’s contract when he returns from his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund later this summer. The same source has also mentioned that Los Blancos are prepared to offer the Morrocan full-back a new deal which will run until the summer of 2025.

Hakimi’s Incredible Loan Spell In German Football

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Dortmund so far and has been responsible for putting in several impressive displays in the Bundesliga. He has defied all expectations since joining Lucien Favre’s team on loan back in 2018. Hakimi has played in 37 matches for the German giants this term, registering seven goals and ten assists in all competitions. He has improved his numbers from last season, which goes to highlight how much he has matured as a right-back.

On the defensive end, the Morrocan talent has averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.0 interceptions and 0.6 clearances per game in the German top-flight. Offensively, Hakimi has attempted 1.0 shots, 1.2 key passes and 2.4 dribbles in every 90 minutes of league football this season (stats via whoscored). Hence, it is no wonder that Madrid will now look to retain his services for the long-run as his stats prove that he is developing into a world-class player in his position.

The Madrid-born prospect has already made a significant impact at the international level, having represented the Morrocan national side in 28 matches while scoring two times for his country in the process. He is expected to play a crucial role for his nation in the 2021 African Cup of Nations as well.

Kingsley Coman of FC Bayern Munich runs with the ball under pressure from Achraf Hakimi of Borussia Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on November 09, 2019, in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

What Will The Young Full-Back Bring To The Table?

Hakimi is currently one of the quickest full-backs in the Bundesliga and can put his pace to good use when dribbling with the ball down the right flank. He is a capable defender at the back and is not shy about getting stuck in with a few tackles to win possession back for his side. However, what makes him such an exceptional talent is his hunger to influence the game going forward. The Morrocan has excelled at creating some decent goal-scoring opportunities for others around him and has ten assists this season to show for his efforts.

Furthermore, he is versatile enough to play in both full-back positions that could make him a useful utility at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal. It is no secret that Los Blancos need to build for the future if they want to establish a period of success at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the coming years. For that to happen, Zidane needs to offer some of his younger players like Hakimi a chance so that he can help bring some silverware back to the Spanish capital.

Madrid Ready To Offer Hakimi A New Deal: Good Move For Everyone Involved?

Hence, the Morroco international penning a new contract could be a good move for both the player and the club. Hakimi will be able to focus on improving his game even more if he gets his long-term future sorted. In contrast, Madrid are in dire need of a quality right-back who can push Dani Carvajal for the right to play in Zidane’s first-team week in week out. So Hakimi fits the bill perfectly and is likely to be welcomed back with open arms. However, he will only benefit from returing to Madrid if he receives regular game time in the La Liga next season.

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