Olympique Lyon attacker Mariano Diaz is having a phenomenal season in the French Ligue 1. Real Madrid decided to sell the player last summer for €8 million in a very controversial move now that the striker is scoring goals at will. However, Los Blancos still own a percentage of his rights, revealed Mariano in an interview with AS.
“There’s no buyback clause, at all. I know that Madrid own a percentage of my rights, but I am a Lyon player,” said Mariano. “I signed five years for this club and that’s all I’m focused on,” he added when asked about the possibility of a return to the Spanish capital.
“I decided to join Lyon after talking with the president and Zidane. He told me that I would have playing time here after Lacazette had left the club so that I could show the kind of player I am,” he explained. “We all decided that the best thing for me was to leave and be the player I am today, I used every training session in Madrid to learn from my teammates and develop as a player,” he added.
In retrospective, Mariano’s presence could have probably helped Real Madrid this season. However, it’s also fair to say that it wasn’t easy to predict the kind of impact he is having with Lyon this season.