Hakimi explains why he "had" to turn down Chelsea transfer for "dream team" PSG

Achraf Hakimi was just one of the many stars that joined Paris Saint Germain this summer and arrived in the French capital after just one season at Inter Milan.

The Moroccan arrived in a deal worth €60million (£51.5m) and was brought in alongside a flurry of stars such as Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Nuno Mendes this summer.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has pieced together one of the best sides in Europe as they plan another assault on the Champions League, having lost in the final in 2019-20 and reached the semi-finals last season.

Chelsea were also in the hunt for Hakimi before the 22-year-old chose Paris, as Thomas Tuchel attempted to bring the Inter star to Stamford Bridge with now former team-mate Romelu Lukaku.

However, Hakimi has now explained why he felt compelled to reject Chelsea's approach.

Hakimi was one of Inter's Serie A-winning stars that was sold this summer due to financial implications at the Nerazzurri, with Lukaku signing for Chelsea in a deal worth £97.5m.

The 22-year-old has revealed he had two offers on the table but simply couldn't reject the opportunity to join PSG.

"I had two offers, one from Chelsea and one from Paris Saint-Germain," he told L'Equipe.

"But I felt I had to come to Paris, that I would have been happy there.

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"PSG is a great club, I really appreciate the support the fans gave me straight away. I was lucky because so many other champions joined me.

"I feel good at PSG, we have a dream team and I’m happy to be a part of it."

Hakimi is certainly not wrong in suggesting that PSG have a luxury of options in their squad after conducting their transfer business this summer.

But while Messi has lined up with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have in attack, the front three have largely failed to hit the heights so far this season.

Indeed, it is actually the Moroccan who has already contributed three goals and two assists for his new side this season, including a late winner in the 2-1 win over 10-man Metz at the weekend.

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