Real Madrid president Florentino Perez thanked Moroccans for supporting the club and said he is counting on Hakimi to lead the club to new heights and achievements.
In an interview with Maghreb Press Agency (MAP), Perez stated that “Morocco and Spain are two neighboring countries whose proximity goes beyond the geographical aspect.”
He added that “Moroccan-Spanish political, economic, and cultural relations not only foster the two countries cooperation, but also open the door to broad prospects for collaboration and partnership between Europe and Africa.”
The president of Real Madrid has highlighted the role of sport, particularly football, in the rapprochement of the two nations and their people, noting that the round ball is a universal language through which peoples can communicate without intermediaries.
“Football is a sport that has no borders. Real Madrid has more than 600 million fans around the world, including more than 4 million Moroccans who follow it on social networks,” added Pérez.
Recalling when Real Madrid won the 2014 Club World Cup held in Marrakech, Pérez welcomed Moroccan fans support given to his club during the competition.
Perez pointed out the six socio-sports schools in Morocco, namely in Tangier, Tetouan, Marrakech, Mohammedia and Benguerir, that contribute to the social integration of more than 1,400 Moroccan children.
The president of Real Madrid also expressed his pride in having a great player like Achraf Hakimi growing up in the Madrid club.
“Achraf is a talented player who made a remarkable World Cup with the Moroccan national team and won several titles, including a European Champion Clubs’ Cup with Real Madrid. We are counting on him in the future to continue writing the history of our club,” declared Perez
However, many football reports say that Hakimi does not want to return to Real Madrid to be a substitute again, especially after improving his football skills and being guaranteed a permanent spot as an undoubted starter at his current German club.
When Hakimi played with Real Madrid, he was rarely featured in matches. He was deemed surplus to requirement, pushing Real Madrid to loan him to Borussia Dortmund for two years.