Some at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) feel that Achraf Hakimi has a “harmful influence” on Kylian Mbappe, hence the club may trade him this summer, reports L’Equipe (via Get Football). Hakimi moved to Les Parisiens in 2021 for a maximum of €70 million from Italian club Inter Milan. In his debut season with the French powerhouses, he played in all 41 games and contributed four goals and six assists.
In his debut season at PSG, the Morocco international helped the club win both the Ligue 1 title and the French Super Cup. The Parisians, who have already won the Super Cup, now have a three-point lead atop the league with four games remaining, so he has a chance to pull off a similar feat this season.
Concerns have been raised about Hakimi’s form after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Injuries and bans have limited his playing time since December when he started all 20 Ligue 1 games for the Parc des Princes club.
Some at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) feel that Achraf Hakimi has a “harmful influence” on Kylian Mbappe, hence the club may trade him this summer
On March 30th, the wingback was sent off after just 20 minutes of PSG’s league match against Lorient. The team that Christophe Galtier was on was eliminated from the match after his dismissal, losing 3-1.
Hakimi’s red card reportedly frustrated the club’s management. This apparently led to criticism from inside the organisation for the former Real Madrid player.
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Hakimi’s off-field troubles haven’t abated, though, as he and Spanish actress Hiba Abouk are divorcing. According to AFP (h/t Get French Football News), he is also the subject of a rape investigation from March.
According to the same article, there are those at the Parc des Princes who see the 24-year-old as a negative influence on Kylian Mbappe. There are currently no intentions to sell him, but that might change if the right offer comes up.
Hakimi and Mbappe’s friendship is hardly a secret. The two are “more than friends,” as Morocco’s manager Walid Regragui put it in January.