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By The Atlas Lions, Feb 12 2019 12:47PM

Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi market value has tripled since he joined Borussia Dortmund on a loan from Real Madrid.


By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Football website Transfermarkt has reported that Achraf Hakimi’s market value has jumped three times after a successful half-season with Borussia Dortmund.


Transfermarkt, specialized in defining the market value of players, has valued Achraf Hakimi’s at €25 million, after being esteemed at €7.5 million with Real Madrid when he left in July 2018.


When Hakimi played with Real Madrid, he rarely featured in matches. He was deemed surplus to requirement, pushing Real Madrid to loan him to Borussia Dortmund for two years.


According to many football reports, Hakimi does not want to return to Real Madrid to be a substitute again, especially after improving his footballistic skills and guaranteeing a permanent spot as an undoubted starter at his current German club.


With 49 points and 20 matches played, Borussia Dortmund is ranked first in Bundesliga, the top German football league.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 11 2019 08:52PM

Barcelona have reportedly swooped to sign Mallorca youngster Chadi Riad.


The 15-year-old, who is a Morocco youth international, has been linked with Villarreal in recent weeks.


However, according to Sport, Barcelona have secured the services of the defender, who will move to the club's La Masia academy at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.


The report has claimed that Riad will initially line up for Barcelona's Juvenil B team with the view to progressing over the next few years.


Riad recently played a key role in the Morocco Under-15 side which won the Youth African Games.



https://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/barcelona/transfer-talk/news/barca-secure-15-year-olds-signature_349971.html

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 10 2019 06:03PM

(BBC sport) Morocco's Youssef En-Nesyri becomes the first Leganes player to hit a hat-trick in Spain's La Liga.


Morocco striker Youssef En-Nesyri described his hat-trick in Leganes' 3-0 Spanish La Liga home win over Real Betis on Sunday as "one to remember".


En-Nesyri smashed home the opener in the 22nd minute, adding another from close range before half-time and sealed his hat-trick after the hour mark, to become the first Leganes player to score a La Liga hat-trick.


"It wasn't a personal success, rather a collective team effort and scoring a hat-trick will always be one to remember," he said post match.


"I feel happy to be the first player to score a hat-trick but it took the collective efforts of those with me on the pitch, others on the bench and our fans inside the Butarque [Leganes stadium] to make it happen.


"The match ball will definitely find a place at home but getting all three points is very important for us."


"A great performance for the team in addition to three goals," he added in a post on Instagram.


21-year-old En-Nesyri, who only joined Leganes from Malaga last August, has now scored seven goals in his last five league matches for the club.


Born in the Moroccan city of Fès, he began his youth career at Académie Mohammed VI before moving to Spanish club Malaga's youth side in the summer of 2015.


He represented Morocco at U-20 and U-23 level before making his senior debut in a 0-0 friendly draw against Albania in August 2016.


Drafted in as a late replacement for defender Badr Benoun, he scored with a superb header on his only appearance at the 2018 World Cup in the thrilling 2-2 draw against Spain.


He has six goals in 21 appearances for the Atlas Lions and played all Group B matches as the North Africans secured a spot at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.



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