Hakimi explains why he didn’t join Chelsea from Inter

by | Sep 24, 2021 15:38

Paris Saint-Germain full-back Achraf Hakimi explained why he didn’t join Chelsea when he left Inter during the summer. ‘I had two offers’.

The Morocco international, who joined Inter ahead of 2020-21, left the club after only one season at San Siro.

The influential full-back was sacrificed by the Nerazzurri due to financial difficulties after the COVID-19 pandemic and was the first big name to leave the club this summer.

Romelu Lukaku later joined Chelsea, and Hakimi admitted he had an offer from the English giants too but decided in favour of a move to France.

Hakimi joined PSG in Ligue 1, where he was joined by names like Gigio Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi, and the former Real Madrid player revealed why he picked the French giants over the Londoners.

“I had two offers,” Hakimi told L’Equipe. “One from Chelsea and one from Paris Saint-Germain. But I felt I had to come to Paris, that I would have been happy there.

“PSG is a great club, I really appreciate the support the fans gave me straight away. I was lucky because so many other champions joined me.

“I feel good at PSG, we have a dream team and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Hakimi contributed seven goals and 11 assists during his year at Inter, helping the Beneamata win their first Scudetto in 11 years.

The 22-year-old impressed on loan at Borussia Dortmund before joining the Nerazzurri and has already contributed three goals and two assists with the French side.

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