‘Dream team’ – Player explains decision to snub Chelsea this summer


Moroccan winger Achraf Hakimi has expressed Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain’s interest in him for the first time.

The 22-year-old has drawn admiring glances from across Europe thanks to his brilliant season in 2020-21. He scored seven goals and ten assists from the right-back as Inter Milan claimed the Serie A title.

Inter were quick to put a price tag of £ 60.9million on him due to his difficult financial situation. Chelsea were extremely interested in his signing but I saw PSG beat them.

Hakimi then signed a five-year contract at Parc des Princes. It was part of a mad summer for the French giants which included the arrivals of Lionel messi, Sergio Ramos and Gigi Donnarumma.

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In an interview with the French release The team, Hakimi delivered his verdict on the transfer saga.

“I had two offers, one from Chelsea and one from Paris Saint-Germain,” he said (via Football Italy).

“But I felt that I had to come to Paris, that I would have been happy there.

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

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

Hakimi has had a great start in Ligue 1. He has so far managed three goals and two assists in seven appearances.

However, there are two reasons why Chelsea shouldn’t be too worried about the deal failing.

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One is explained by title-winning Inter boss Antonio Conte. He said recently: “Psychologically, Hakimi suffered a bit from last year’s games against Real Madrid.

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“His dream is to play for this club again as a key player.”

It looks like a spell at Stamford Bridge might not have lasted that long anyway.

The second reason is that Blues boss Thomas Tuchel can count on Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James at right-back.

The pair have looked strong in recent months and could help the West London side claim the Premier League title this quarter.

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Emerson opens as Chelsea exit

Italy international Emerson Palmieri spoke about his summer move to France.

The left-back joined Lyon on a one-season loan after falling down the pecking order at Chelsea.

Tuchel can operate with Marcos Alonso or Ben Chilwell at left-back.

Emerson said (via Fabrizio Romano): “I decided to leave Chelsea because I didn’t have a place. Roberto Mancini told me: you have to play, you have to start.

“OL came up with an interesting project and I accepted in two or three days. I am really happy with my choice.

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