The director of Borussia Dortmund’s licensed player division department, Sebastian Kehl, doubts they will be able to sign Achraf Hakimi permanently from Real Madrid.
Since arriving at Signal Iduna Park last summer on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, Hakimi has made an instant impact in Dortmund’s climb to the top of the Bundesliga this season.
Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has been left so impressed by the 20-year-old that he named him the league’s best left-back.
The Morocco international even got on the scoresheet and provided an assist in Dortmund’s 5-1 win over Hannover 96 on Saturday.
However, Hakimi recently confessed in an interview that he’s uncertain over what the future holds for him once his loan deal at Dortmund is up.
And now Kehl, who formerly played for BVB as a midfielder between 2002 to 2015, admits it’s unlikely they will be able to persuade Real to sell up.
“Unfortunately, we only loaned him for two years and it’s going to be difficult to sign him,” Kehl told Sport1.“Real Madrid are also following his development.”
Meanwhile, former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has expressed a desire to leave Dortmund in favour of a switch to Spain recently.
This comes following a lack of opportunities at BVB this term with Kagawa managing just two appearances out of the club’s 19 Bundesliga games.
“If I see Kagawa, it hurts my heart,” admitted Kehl.
“He came to us, he wants to go, he wants to stay in Europe and he prefers a move to Spain, but in the winter break it’s difficult to find a suitable club.”
Lucien Favre’s side will now hope to keep up their strong form from last weekend’s home win over Hannover ahead of this Saturday’s trip to fifth-placed side Eintracht Frankfurt.
Die Adler have enjoyed a strong campaign of their own and will surely be eyeing an upset at the Commerzbank-Arena.