Moroccan International Achraf Hakimi joined Real Madrid as an 8-year-old back in 2006, and there’s news today that Rafa Benitez wants to get the 19-year-old to Newcastle in January according to a report in the Sunday Express.
It will be a loan deal, and maybe Rafa will try to get an option to buy the teenager as a clause in the loan contract, assuming Newcastle can get the 6 times capped Moroccan International to the club this month.
Hakim looks like an excellent player in the making, and he has real class.
He is of Moroccan descent, but he was born in Spain and grown up in the capital.
Achraf Hakimi – 19-year-old Real Madrid right-back
He has played for the Real Madrid first team 10 times so far with one goal and is already attracting attention from other clubs because of his excellent form.
He made his first-team debut For Madrid back in August of last year and played in both of Real Madrid’s Champions League games against Tottenham Hotspur.
Hakim made his full international debut for Morocco last October in a 4–0 win against Canada.
He is highly rated by Real manager Zinedine Zidane who wants to get him out on loan for the rest of the season so he can get more first-team experience.
So it seems, if this report is accurate, we have a good chance of getting the teenager to Newcastle this month.
Rafa Benitez has strong links with Real Madrid – it is his hometown club whom he managed for seven months from the summer of 2105, and the manager is well thought of at the club.
Hakimi was at the club at the time Rafa was the manager, and he probably knows about the teenager from first-hand experience.
Rafa is looking all over the place for good loan signings to bring into Newcastle this month, and Hakim would be a good acquisition for Newcastle for the rest of this season.
What do you think?