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Achraf Hakimi explains why he “had” to turn down Chelsea transfer for “dream team” PSG

Achraf Hakimi was just one of the many stars that joined Paris Saint Germain this summer and arrived in the French capital after just one season at Inter Milan.

The Moroccan arrived in a deal worth €60million (£51.5m) and was brought in alongside a flurry of stars such as Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Nuno Mendes this summer.

Mauricio Pitchettino, boss of PSG has put together one the most talented sides in Europe. After losing in the final for 2019-20, they reached the semis last season.

Chelsea had also been in the hunt to Hakimi, before the 22-year old chose Paris. Thomas Tuchel attempted with Romelu Lukaku to bring the Inter star to Stamford Bridge.

Hakimi explained that he was compelled by Chelsea to reject his approach.



Achraf Hakimi with new Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku after winning the Serie A title last season
Achraf Hakimi with new Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku after winning the Serie A title last season

Hakimi was one of Inter’s Serie A-winning stars that was sold this summer due to financial implications at the Nerazzurri, with Lukaku signing for Chelsea in a deal worth £97.5m.

He revealed that he was offered two options but couldn’t refuse the chance to join PSG.

“I had two offers, one from Chelsea and one from Paris Saint-Germain,” he told L’Equipe.

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

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Achraf Hakimi with new teammate Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint Germain
Achraf Hakimi with new teammate Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint Germain

“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 is certainly not wrong in suggesting that PSG have a luxury of options in their squad after conducting their transfer business this summer.

But while Messi has lined up with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have in attack, the front three have largely failed to hit the heights so far this season.

In fact, the Moroccan has contributed three goals and two assists to his new side this season. This includes a late winner in the 2-1 victory over 10-man Metz.

Achraf Hakimi explains why he "had" to turn down Chelsea transfer for "dream team" PSG
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