Achraf Hakimi has seemingly confirmed that he plans to stay with Inter Milan this summer, meaning Arsenal will shift their focus elsewhere.

UDINE, ITALY: Achraf Hakimi of FC Internazionale looks on during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale at Dacia Arena on January 23, 2021. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
UDINE, ITALY: Achraf Hakimi of FC Internazionale looks on during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and FC Internazionale at Dacia Arena on January 23, 2021. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Recent reports suggested that despite Arsenal making a real attempt to draw Achraf Hakimi to North London, he was focusing on remaining with current side Inter Milan. The player has seemingly now confirmed those reports in an interview.

“I’m planning my future with Inter,” Hakimi told Repubblica (via Fabrizio Romano). “I hope to stay for a long time, I’m happy here.”

Back in February, it was claimed that Arsenal could possibly take advantage of the financial problems at Inter by signing Hakimi. The Athletic reported that, despite Hakimi’s hugely positive impression in Serie A this season, Inter Milan might sell him anyway.

Arsenal had reportedly tracked the player heavily in the past and their scouts recommended his signing. But it looks like it’s off the table at this point.

Fabrizio Romano claims Arsenal will sign a new right-back all the same, and they were never in ‘official’ talks for Hakimi. Tariq Lamptey is also not top of the list, despite links between the former Chelsea man and Arsenal earlier in the season.

Still, with Hector Bellerin set to depart the club, Arsenal will find someone to take his place in the summer market.

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