Borussia Dortmund have completed the loan signing of Morocco international Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid. The 19-year-old full-back has joined Dortmund on a two-year loan deal, and will link up with Lucien Favre’s side following his post-World Cup vacation.
Normally a right-back, Hakimi started all three of Morocco’s games in Russia this summer in the left-back position as they exited the tournament at the group stage. An aggressive, attacking defender, he broke into Real Madrid’s first-team squad under Zinedine Zidane last season, scoring two goals in nine league matches and starting both UEFA Champions League group games against Tottenham Hotspur.
🆕 Willkommen in Dortmund, Achraf #Hakimi!— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 11, 2018
🤝 Der BVB leiht den 19-jährigen marokkanischen Nationalspieler @AchrafHakimi für zwei Jahre von @ChampionsLeague-Sieger @realmadrid aus! pic.twitter.com/1hJP0pbk7Q
"Achraf Hakimi is a young, very dynamic full-back who has played at the very highest level with Real Madrid and the Morocco national team," BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said.
Born in Madrid to parents of Moroccan descent, Hakimi linked up with the reigning European champions when he was eight years old, before eventually making his full international debut with Morocco in October 2016.