Morocco international Adel Taarabt says his compatriot Achraf Hakimi will learn how to defend at Italian giants Inter Milan.
Hakimi, who recently joined Inter from Spanish champions Real Madrid, is widely considered one of the best full-backs in the world at the moment.
The 21-year-old had a successful two-year loan spell at Borussia Dortmund and he was one of the fastest players in the Greman Bundesliga.
Taarabt lauded Hakimi as the fastest player he’s ever seen having played with him for Morocco.
“He is a great player, he is a young player. I have never seen a fast player like him,” Taarabt told Sky Sport Italia.
“In Italy he will have to learn to defend, not that it’s what he likes most, but on the offensive level he can bring a lot to Inter.”
In February 2020, Hakimi clocked at 36.5 km/h (22.67 mph) in a match against 1. FC Union Berlin.
Taarabt, 31, spent some time with Inter’s rivals AC Milan in the 2013/14 season on loan from English side Queens Park Rangers (QPR).
“When I think of Italy, I think of Milan. It’s a top club where I had the opportunity to play with great players like Kaka,” he said.
“It was a pleasure, I enjoyed myself and I think I did well. I was very sorry not to continue my adventure with the Rossoneri because my head was still there.
“If Seedorf had stayed, the story might have been different because they brought in Inzaghi, who had a different idea of football.
“In the following years, I didn’t have the opportunity to come back, even if I would have liked to.”
Taarabt, who has netted four goals in 23 international matches for Morocco, is currently on the books of Portuguese giants SL Benfica.