Dortmund still in Hakimi talks with Real Madrid, says Zorc

The 21-year-old full-back is the subject of interest from a few top teams but the German side aspire to keep him for still another year

Borussia Dortmund are in talks with Real Madrid to give Achraf Hakimi’s loan deal, says sports director Michael Zorc.

The 21-year-old joined the German side on a season-long loan from Madrid last summer but his impressive performances in the Bundesliga have seen him linked with other clubs.

Madrid were reportedly open to giving the Morocco international the opportunity in the first-team while Bayern Munich were reported to be interested, though his agent denied talks with the latter .

Inter have emerged among the top contenders to land him, however, after it had been reported by Sky Sports  they are in higher level talks over a €40 million deal to create him to Italy.

Dortmund, meanwhile, were hoping to keep Hakimi on loan for still another 12 months with an alternative to buy him and reports in Germany say they truly are not prepared to spend big this summer because of the financial hit they have suffered during the coronavirus crisis.

Zorc said that his side his side are searching to work out a deal with his parent club, but admits they’ve limitations with regards to fighting for the full-back.

“We know what we can and cannot do in the Hakimi case,” he told  Sport1 .  “We are in close contact with Real Madrid. He’s still our player for a few days.”

Hakimi has scored nine goals and assisted another 10 in 44 appearances for Dortmund this season.

Madrid boss Zidane said last week he is happy with the progress he’s got made all through his spell in Germany , but stopped short of promising he would have first-team opportunities in the Spanish capital next term.

Dortmund appear to have signed an alternative for the full-back, having signed Thomas Meunier in a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

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The 28-year-old Belgium international, who spent four years with the French giants, has signed a contract which will run to June 2024. 

Dortmund have sealed 2nd place in the Bundesliga, as they sit 10 points behind champions Bayern Munich and six ahead of RB Leipzig. 

Lucien Favre’s side play their last game of the season in the home to Hoffenheim on Saturday.