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Achraf insists: “Return to Madrid? Anything can happen”

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The defender talked to El Larguero after the match against PSG last night.

Borussia Dortmund v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi completed a solid performance against Paris Saint-Germain this Tuesday. The right-back has been impressive for Dortmund all season long and his loan deal in the Bundesliga expires this summer. However, Achraf has been mysterious every time he’s been asked about whether he will stay in Real Madrid next year or not, and that didn’t change when he talked to El Larguero last night.

“My contract says that my loan deal will expire this June, that’s what my people say as well. Anything can happen in June and we’ll see what the summer brings,” said Achraf when asked about returning to Madrid.

“I want to play and I want to keep improving as a player. I’ve been given the chance to do so here in Germany,” he added.

Achraf would not be an undisputed starter in Madrid, where he would compete with Dani Carvajal for the spot in the lineup. When asked about being a reserve for Madrid, Achraf was as cryptic as always.

“We’ll have to see that also,” concluded the defender.

It’s clear that coach Zinedine Zidane will have to talk Achraf into staying in Madrid, as right now the player probably doesn’t think that his role in Los Blancos will be all that relevant. If Zidane lets him know that he will be an important player for Madrid, Achraf’s doubts will probably go away. Even if Carvajal is the starter for defensive purposes, there are a good amount of games where Achraf’s speed and attacking mindset can be extremely valuable, so Madrid have to keep him around.