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Mayoral corrects his quotes about Real Madrid departure, Jovic

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The striker had revealed that Madrid wanted “to let Jovic go.”

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Borja Mayoral delivered some controversial quotes during his unveiling as a Roma player this Wednesday. The Spanish attacker basically said that Real Madrid tried to either sell or loan out Luka Jovic because coach Zinedine Zidane wanted to keep Mayoral. The striker talked to Cadena SER last night and corrected his words.

“If I have to apologize to Real Madrid or Jovic, then I do. I shouldn’t have talked about Real Madrid’s business. Context is lacking in what I said. Zidane told me that he was happy with me but I never talked with Zidane about Jovic. It looked like I disrespected Jovic but it is not the case,” said Mayoral.

The attacker then explained a bit more what happened during the summer transfer window.

“I was going to leave early in the summer but some of the deals fell through and I kept training with Madrid, then I had a meeting with Zidane and he told me that he was happy with me. I talked to Jose Angel Sanchez and Zidane and then we all decided that the best thing for me was to leave the club, but we never talked about Jovic, only about me,” explained Mayoral.

Then, he praised Jovic.

“I have the utmost respect for him, he’s a Real Madrid player. I’ve been training with him for the last month and a half but I never showed disrespect for a teammate, Zidane or the club,” concluded Mayoral.

The attacker will play the next two seasons for Roma on a loan deal.