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Real Madrid: Meunier Dortmund deal paves way for Achraf return

After leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract, Belgium international Thomas Meunier has agreed terms with Borussia Dortmund.

Thomas Meunier signs for Borussia Dortmund

Belgium international Thomas Meunier has signed a four-year deal with Borussia Dortmund, having been available on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain. The 28-year-old right back spent four seasons in the French capital, winning three Ligue 1 titles as well as a pair of Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France trophies.

However, he is one of those departing PSG when his contract expires at the end of this month - along with Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva - and he has quickly found a new home with Bundesliga side Dortmund, who he will join for next season.

"Borussia Dortmund play exactly the football that I want to play: exciting, authentic and natural," former Club Brugge defender Meunier said in quotes published on the club's website.

"BVB is known for their enthusiastic fans and the atmosphere during the [Champions League] game with Paris at Signal Iduna Park really influenced my decision. 

"I am ambitious and, like with Bruges and Paris, I would like to win titles with Dortmund."

Meunier paves the way for Achraf to return to Real Madrid

Meunier, who has been capped 40 times by Belgium, could fill the void left by Real Madrid loanee Achraf Hakimi as his two-season loan spell is due to end when the Bundesliga finishes this weekend.

Dortmund want to keep Hakimi for a third successive campaign but other clubs, including Bayern Munich, are thought to be interested in the 21-year-old, even if he does not remain with his parent club.

On Meunier, BVB's sporting director Michael Zorc added: "Thomas Meunier is a player who has demonstrated his quality at the highest level in the Champions League and in the national team over a long period of time and will really benefit us with his experience."