Former Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia has rated Inter Milan defender Achraf Hakimi as one of the five strongest full-backs in Europe at the moment.
According to the 33-year-old who currently plies his trade in the Qatar Stars League with Al Duhail, Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is at the top of the ranking but he backed his compatriot to upstage the England international in a matter of time.
Following his permanent switch from Real Madrid in the summer, Hakimi heralded his arrival in Serie A in style by producing two assists and a goal in his first two matches for Antonio Conte’s side.
Benatia who played with the 21-year-old in the Moroccan national team before his retirement in October 2019, also described the two-time Caf Youth Player of the Year as the leading light of talents the North African country is developing.
“Hakimi is perhaps the spearhead of the generation of talent that is growing up in Morocco,” Benatia told Calciomercato.
“Already now he is among the five strongest full-backs in Europe, in a couple of years he will compete for the first place on the podium with Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold.
“Right now, but only at this moment, the Englishman is a little bit stronger.”