Hakimi explains why he choose PSG over Chelsea
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Hakimi explains why he choose PSG over Chelsea

Achraf Hakimi has explained why he selected PSG over Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

After an outstanding season at Inter, in which he scored seven goals and added ten assists while helping his team win the Scudetto, he was sold as the Nerazzurri tried to solve their financial woes.

Several clubs were interested, but PSG was the one to sign him, making him the club's first signing of a hectic summer. Chelsea were also interested, and Hakimi explained why he chose to relocate to Paris in a recent interview with L'Equipe.

"When I received these two offers, I had the intuition that I had to come to Paris, that I was going to be happy there," he said.

"PSG are a great club and I appreciated how much the people here seemed to love and desire me. And I was lucky that my arrival was accompanied by great transfers. I'm already sure I wasn't wrong, I feel good, we have a dream team and I'm happy to be part of it."

He added: "[Mauricio Pochettino said] that he liked the way I played and that I was going to learn a lot from him. We hit it off during this conversation. He is a coach that I like: he likes to dominate matches thanks to the possession of the ball and to play very attacking. 

"A few years ago he already wanted me at Tottenham. He has a way of managing and playing his teams that can help me progress. I needed a coach who gave me confidence and the freedom to attack."

About Real Madrid

"Real Madrid is the club of my childhood, the one thanks to which I am today here, at PSG, doing an interview with you!" he beamed.

"They took me out of the neighborhood, learned the values ​​of football, built as a man, too. I stayed there for more than twelve years, I have a lot of gratitude for this club. For the moment, I haven't had the opportunity to triumph there, you never know what the future will be like. Today, all that matters is Paris, I am obviously very motivated to accomplish great things in this jersey."

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