Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi has completed a shock move to Paris Saint-Germain from Inter this week. And his countryman Mehdi Benatia opened up on the qualities of the back-wing after the 22-year-old’s transfer.
Speaking to French newspaper Le Parisien, Benatia talked about the type of player the French club signed from.
The 34-year-old defender explains that Hakimi’s special qualities have been apparent since he broke out at a young age. And that in watching him as he entered the Moroccan national team, the defender noticed that the player had great ability and was destined for an impressive career.
“As soon as he joined the Moroccan national team, we saw that he had incredible qualities. I’m very proud, as a Parisian and a Moroccan, to see Achraf at PSG. I congratulate the manager. Because everyone wanted him. PSG has secured the signing of the best right-back in Europe for the next ten years.” Benatia said on his countryman Hakimi.
Hakimi joined the Nerazzurri from Real Madrid last summer after impressing in two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund. And even though he only spent one season at the club, his impact was substantial, with the Moroccan appearing in all but one of the club’s Serie A games as they won the Scudetto for the first time in eleven years.
Like Hakimi, Benatia has played in the Bundesliga and Serie A, though the Moroccan duo’s paths have never crossed in league action, with the 34-year-old having played for Udinese and Roma before joining Bayern Munich and then Juventus.