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Borussia Dortmund Signs Real Madrid Youngster



Borussia Dortmund have signed Real Madrid full-back Achraf Hakimi on a two-year loan deal.

Hakami, 19, featured for Morocco in all three of their matches at the World Cup and becomes the Bundesliga club’s sixth signing of the summer.

Normally a right-back, Hakimi started all three of Morocco’s games in Russia this summer in the left-back position as they exited the tournament at the group stage. An aggressive, attacking defender, he broke into Real Madrid’s first-team squad under Zinedine Zidane last season, scoring two goals in nine league matches and starting both UEFA Champions League group games against Tottenham Hotspur.

“Achraf Hakimi is a young, very dynamic full-back who has played at the highest level at Real Madrid and in the Moroccan national team,” said BVB Sporting Director Michael Zorc.

Hakimi made nine appearances for Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane in La Liga last season, scoring two goals, as well as featuring five times in the Copa del Rey and twice in the Champions League. He played every minute of Morocco’s World Cup campaign in Russia.

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Hakimi will link up with the BVB squad during the USA tour between 18 and 26 July.

Hakimi follows in the footsteps of Madrid and Spain right-back Daniel Carvajal, 26, who spent a one-year loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen in 2012-2013.

Dortmund have already added goalkeepers Marvin Hitz and Eric Oelschlagel to their squad, along with midfielders Thomas Delaney and Marius Wolf and defender Abdou Diallo.

Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 30, has joined Arsenal while midfielder Gonzalo Castro, 31, left the Westfalenstadion for Stuttgart.

Besides Spain international right-back Carvajal, Madrid also now have his La Roja back-up Alvaro Odriozola in their squad, after the 22-year-old was signed from Real Sociedad earlier this month for €40m.

Meanwhile, Andriy Yarmolenko has left Dortmund after one season to sign a four-year contract with West Ham United.

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