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‘Eternally grateful for your trust’ – Real Madrid’s Hakimi pays tribute to Zinedine Zidane

12:00 PM EDT 5/31/18
Achraf Hakimi Real Madrid
The 45-year-old stepped down as the Blancos head coach, five days after winning a third Champions League trophy in a row

Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi has paid tribute to Zinedine Zidane after the Frenchman announced his exit from the club.

Zidane confirmed his departure as the Spanish giants' coach in a surprise news conference that had the club's President Florentino Perez in attendance on Thursday.

Coming from Madrid’s academy, Hakimi broke into the first-team under Zidane in the 2017-18 campaign and managed a goal in 17 matches across all competitions.

The French tactician handed the Atlas Lions defender his Spanish LaLiga debut against Espanyol on October 1, 2017.

Also, he gave the 19-year-old an opportunity to become the first Moroccan to win the Uefa Champions League as he was afforded two outings in the competition.

In reaction to his exit, Hakimi praised Zidane as the the man who helped him 'fulfil his dream of playing with Real Madrid’s first team.' 

“I'm eternally grateful for your trust, master and for being the person that allowed me to fulfill the dream of playing with Real Madrid's first team. #GraciasZidane,” Hakimi wrote on Instagram.

Zidane has been at the helms since January 2016. The former France international led the Galaticos to a LaLiga triumph and three Champions League titles.