Dortmund set for crunch Madrid talks over extending Hakimi stay


The Bundesliga side are keen to prolong the Morrocan’s stay at the Signal Iduna Park as they feel he can still develop on their watch and are now set to hold talks with Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has stated their intentions of keeping a hold of Achraf Hakimi for at least another season, but stopped short of confirming anything as the two clubs are yet to discuss any future plans involving the Morrocan.

The 21-year old Morrocan starlet has been sensational during his two-year loan at the German side, taking part in 51 league matches, while also chipping in with 7 goals. He has also been used as a makeshift winger to a devastating effect, as he has already laid on 10 goals for his teammates.

It’s clear to see why the Bundesliga giants want to see Hakimi continue his development by their side and Zorc revealed that both sides are planning to discuss the situation come the end of the season.

“The terms are what they are, he will return at Madrid when his loan spell ends. We want to see him in our shirt again next season, but that’s something that we will have to talk to with his parent club when the time comes.”

Much has been made of Hakimi’s future in recent days, but it appears that he has found his home at the Signal Iduna Park as he has won the support of both fans and club.

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Hakimi's career has blossomed since joining the Bundesliga outfit on a two-year loan in 2018. Image Copyright: imago images / PanoramiC

Top News 2: McNeil Sr. warns son against Red Devils move as he feels it’s too soon

McNeil Sr. warns son against Red Devils move
The Clarets winger has been attracting interest across England ever since he burst onto the domestic stage. Copyright: imago images / PA Images

The young star’s father says that his son should consider spending another season at Turf Moor to further establish himself as a Premier League star before making the switch to a bigger club, as talks of United interest surfaced in the past few days.

Dwight McNeil, 20, is a Burnley youth product and has intriguingly spent some time at the Red Devils academy before jumping ship. He has already been involved in 51 league appearances, notching 5 goals and he has also been tipped as a future England international.

As a result, interest has soared in the Clarets youngster but his father is keen to see him develop even more at his current club as he feels it is too premature to talk about a move to one of the league trend-setters.

“I like what he has done so far, he has a great future ahead of him but I think he should reject all advances and stay where he is right now, it’s the best place for him to improve, they have a great coach and great surroundings. After a few more years, he’ll be ready for a top team, I’ve no doubt about that,” Matty McNeil explained to The Sun.

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Top News 3: Leno targeting Champions League qualification

Leno targeting Champions League qualification
The former Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper is looking forward to the season restart. Copyright: imago images / ZUMA Wire

The German shot-stopper is hoping his team can profit from the problems that Manchester City currently find themselves in, as he urges his team to push on in the last part of the season to seal a seemingly impossible European spot.

Bernd Leno says his side must not give up on their European aspirations this season as they can still aim for the fifth place on the table. That may just be enough for the Gunners as the impending Manchester City two-year ban from European competitions may prove beneficial for them.

The former Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper is now in his second season at the Emirates and is the first choice keeper at Arsenal, taking in 60 league appearances as he has proven himself a reliable presence between the sticks.

He thinks that Arsenal should make full use of the City scenario and kick on in order to maximize their hopes of sealing a spot for the ultimate European club competition.

Speaking to DFB’s official website, he revealed: “Why not Europe? We can still achieve that, we just have to continue where we left off before the break and hopefully everything falls into its place. We are working hard and we are now a more cohesive unit, so I think we have the potential.”

On their long-awaited return to football Arsenal face a daunting task, coming up against current champions Manchester City, but Leno is relishing the date: “I think a game like this can really spur us on, it’ll be a grand occasion so we will have to make the most of the chances we get. We can do it.”

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