Achraf Hakimi is expected to challenge Dani Carvajal for the Spaniard’s right back spot at Real Madrid once his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund ends next summer.
The Morocco international has established himself as one of Europe’s most exciting attacking full backs, registering two goals and four assists in 13 Bundesliga appearances so far this season, also netting four more strikes in his five Champions League games.
He was sent out on loan to Dortmund last year, with Carvajal continuing to hold down the right back berth at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Marca expect Hakimi to leapfrog Alvaro Odriozola in the pecking order upon his return.
The report adds that due to the 21-year-old’s added attacking pedigree and defensive versatility, some of the forwards and left backs in Zinedine Zidane’s squad will have to deal with the added competition he will bring.
How Real deal with Hakimi’s return is also thought to be of great importance. The defender has featured regularly for Dortmund since making the loan switch to Westfalenstadion, and will likely want a similar amount of game time.
Carvajal has been Real‘s first choice right back since the 2013/14 season, having impressed for Bayer Leverkusen the campaign prior, and has been part of four Champions League winning squads in that time.
Odriozola was brought in from Real Sociedad in 2018 to offer some competition for the Spain international, but the 23-year-old is yet to establish himself. He has started four La Liga games this season, but hasn’t featured since getting sent off in the 1-0 defeat at Mallorca in October.
The rearranged Clasico on 18 December at Camp Nou could give onlookers more of an idea on who will go on to win Spain’s top flight, though Sevilla remain firmly in the hunt and are only a point behind their illustrious rivals.