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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid sign Mariano Diaz

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Real Madrid officially confirmed that they’ve completed the signing of attacker Mariano Diaz, who is leaving Lyon just one season after joining the French club. He will sign a five-year deal.

Real Madrid C. F. and Olympique Lyonnais have agreed a deal for the player Mariano, who will be with the Whites for the next five seasons. The player will be presented on Thursday 31st August, at 1:30pm CEST in the Santiago Bernabéu presidential box.

Mariano will then take to the Santiago Bernabéu pitch wearing the Real Madrid C. F. kit. He will then speak to the press in the press room.

Los Blancos have reportedly spent €22 million to sign Mariano. They owned 35% of Mariano’s rights and Sevilla submitted a €40 million offer for him, so Real Madrid get a significant discount on a player who will add some depth to the current squad.

Coach Julen Lopetegui will now be able to rest Karim Benzema throughout the season. The French striker has started the year in great form and it definitely seems that he will be the undisputed starter, but Mariano will provide a scoring punch off the bench when needed. He completed a very solid debut season in France and now he will have a deserved chance to prove he can play for Real Madrid on a consistent basis.

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