CdM 2022: Achraf Hakimi explains why he chose to represent Morocco and not Spain

This round of 16 World Cup between Morocco and Spain will have a somewhat special flavor for Achraf Hakimi (24 years old). Born in Madrid, trained at Real Madrid, the right side of PSG could have perfectly represented Spain in the national team. He is of Moroccan nationality and will face (this Tuesday, 4 p.m.) La Roja for a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar. He returned to this choice in the columns of Marca.

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“Yes, there were times in my youth. There were contacts, I also went to try out for the Spanish national team, with De la Fuente. I spent a few days in Las Rozas and saw that it was not the right place for me, I did not feel at home. It was not because of anything in particular, but because of what I felt, because it was not what I had learned and lived at home, namely the Arab culture, the fact of to be Moroccan. I wanted to be here. »

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