Achraf Hakimi has shared his delight at winning Serie A with Inter and discussed a potential return to Real Madrid in the future.
Inter were crowned champions for the first time since 2010 yesterday after Atalanta were held to a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo.
Antonio Conte’s side are 13 points clear of second place with four games left, triggering joyous celebrations throughout the Inter world last night.
Hakimi, who scored Inter’s second goal in their 2-0 win at Crotone on Saturday, told El Chiringuito last night: “We already had an important lead over second before Saturday’s match, but it’s better to win the scudetto earlier if you can.
“We didn’t do anything special today (Sunday), we were free and I stayed with my family.
“I watched the Atalanta match because this is an important title for me.
“Considering that it’s my first season playing in Italy, I can’t complain about how it’s gone.”
Hakimi joined Inter in a €40 million deal from Real Madrid last summer after Los Blancos decided not to give him a chance under Zinedine Zidane.
Asked if he had ever considered returning to Real Madrid one day, the Moroccan international said: “I had my chance, but people said I didn’t want to stay and fight for my place.
“They don’t know what they’re talking about and this irritates me.
“Everyone knows Real Madrid was my home and I’d have liked to fight for my place.
“I don’t know what happened at the club when they decided to sell me to Inter, but in the end I had to leave.
“I don’t blame Zidane or the club though, but I know Real Madrid have a right of first refusal on me for the future.”
Hakimi has scored seven goals in 41 appearances for Inter this season, providing eight assists for his Nerazzurri teammates.
The 22-year-old was also asked about Conte’s comments recently (about how he was terrible at taking penalties), assuring: “He was joking.
“It didn’t go well when I tried taking penalties in training, but if I have to take a penalty at some point I think I’ll be capable.”