Chelsea were interested in a move for Moroccan international Achraf Hakimi before he joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain from Inter Milan.
The 22-year-old has joined the Ligue 1 side from Inter Milan for a reported €60million (£51.3m) initial fee plus up to €11m in add-ons, according to The Guardian.
Hakimi’s agent Alejandro Camano has now revealed why the Moroccan international joined PSG despite interest from Chelsea.
According to Camano, Hakimi snubbed a move to Chelsea because he left former Champions League winners Real Madrid to join Inter Milan. This is obviously a crazy reason not to join.
“Chelsea also bid for Achraf,” the agent told Onda Cero Radio’s El Transistor programme (via Marca).
“The fact that he left [previous] Champions League champions [Real Madrid] might have deterred him [from joining Chelsea].”
Hakimi is obviously guaranteed a regular playing time at PSG as he would have had to compete with Reece James and Cesar Azpilicueta at right wing-back in Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3.
Hakimi also definitely chose PSG because of the money. He was offered €10m-a-year including bonuses by PSG.
His agent’s excuses for Hakimi choosing PSG over Chelsea just doesn’t make sense.